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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Zekrom  

- Plasma Freeze

Date Reviewed:
July 12, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.75
Limited: 4.00

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst. 
3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.

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Zekrom (Plasma Freeze) 

We end the week with yet another TCG version of Zekrom. Well, what did you expect from one of the Black and White mascots? 

Like the other Zekrom, this version is a Basic Pokémon with a very good 130 HP. Sadly not enough to make him completely invulnerable to a quick OHKO, but your opponent would need a lot to pull that one off. Of course, you would only want him to survive if he could do something good for you while he’s out on the Field. 

As usual, this is where the disappointment sets in. Mach Claw costs three Energy and does just 50 damage. True, the damage is unaffected by Resistance, but what Resists Lightning anyway? Nothing really, apart from Pokémon like Landorus which can smack Zekrom for Weakness and are unlikely to be disturbed by a mere 50 damage. Fusion Bolt isn’t that much better either. A massive four Energy for just 80 damage is pretty poor, and the fact you can up it to 120 if you play some kind of gimmick Legendary deck and have Reshiram on your Bench doesn’t really make it any better. 

In recent weeks, the old BLW Zekrom has seen a bit of a resurgence in play, and if you want to use this particular Pokémon, I suggest sticking with that as both its attacks are far superior to what’s on offer here. 

Rating 

Modified: 1.75 (nice HP for a non-EX, but the attacks don’t cut it)

Limited: 3 (always a use for high HP Basics here)


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Zekrom

Vastly inferior to its B&W counterpart, this Zekrom simply needs more energy to do the same amount of damage. Four energy and a benched Reshiram only to hit for 120 and fall short of a OHKO on popular Pokémon like Team Plasma's Kyurem and Gothitelle? No thanks!
 
Modified: 2/5
Limited: 4/5
virusyosh

Hello once again, Pojo viewers! Today we're reviewing another Basic from Plasma Freeze. Today's Card of the Day is Zekrom.
 
Zekrom is a Basic Lightning Pokemon. Lightning-types still see some Modified play, as decks utilizing Eelektrik still exist. Therefore, given it fits a proper niche, this version of the Lightning legendary could see some play in decks. 130 HP is a great start, as this is a huge number for a non-EX Basic and can easily allow Zekrom to take at least one bigger hit, even in the high-powered metagame we currently have. Fighting Weakness is a bit of a problem against Landorus-EX, but that's not so common right now, anyway; no Resistance is unfortunate but very common; and a Retreat Cost of two can be paid for, though you'll likely want to use something like Switch instead.
 
Zekrom has two attacks. Mach Claw does an expensive 50 damage that isn't affected by Resistance for a Lightning and two Colorless. Lightning Resistance really isn't even a huge factor in Modified right now, and 50 damage for three Energy is way too expensive for this format to boot, relegating this attack to only seeing use in Limited. Likewise, Fusion Bolt starts off at 80 damage for a Lightning and three Colorless, while dealing 40 more damage if Reshiram is on your Bench. 80 damage for four Energy is terrible, although 120 damage for the same cost isn't bad. At any rate, you'll still probably want better options outside of Limited, as there are many other Pokemon that can deal damage much more efficiently.
 
Modified: 1.5/5 This version of Zekrom isn't going to see much play here, as it has very expensive attacks that don't do enough to make an impact.
 
Limited: 5/5 On the other hand, Zekrom shines in Limited, even if you don't have a Reshiram. Both Mach Claw and Fusion Bolt deal decent damage without their (admittedly weak) secondary effects, but if you manage to pull a Reshiram as well, you'll be golden. Overall, Zekrom is difficult to power up, but the high HP and relaxed Energy requirements of this Pokemon make it a great choice for the Limited environment.


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