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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Zoroark

- XY

Date Reviewed:
April 18, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 2.0
Limited: 3.5

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

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Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Zoroark (XY) 

We end the week with a look at Zoroark from XY. Like most fox-y Pokémon, this one seems to be pretty popular and has a lot of printings for some reason or another. 

Zoroark is a weak Stage 1 (100 HP isn’t much of a barrier these days) with one decent-ish attack. Corner only costs one Dark, does 30 damage, and prevents the Defending Pokémon from retreating next turn. Retreat lock is nicely disruptive but with Keldeo EX and/or switching cards in a lot of decks, it isn’t often a major problem. Besides, when you’re only taking 30 damage a turn, you can most likely just KO the Zoroark before it becomes a nuisance. Night Claw does 100 damage for three Energy but may cost you a hefty discard if you get unlucky with a coin flip. Honestly, it’s not offering enough reward to be worth the risk in competitive play. 

Really Zoroark is a very mediocre Stage 1 with some nice all-action artwork and the usual Dark Support (Darkrai EX, Dark Patch). Unfortunately, mediocre Stage 1s don’t get played these days. Heck, even the good ones are mostly ignored.

Rating 

Modified: 2 (I like Corner, but not enough to play this card)

Limited: 3.5 (Corner is cheap and not so easy to play around)


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Intro to
Unlimited 150

Zoroark.

Unlimited 150 review:

Zoroark has had many cards since it was released just a couple of years ago and 2 of them are really good, so much so that almost any Darkness deck should consider playing them. I don’t think the new version will be joining Black & White and Dark Explorers Zoroark in any decks though. Corner would be ok on an overall better Pokémon, but the main attack Night Claw just doesn’t cut it. The drawback is just too much to risk for what’s only decent damage for a Stage 1, 3 Energy attack. If you want a Zoroark that hits hard and fast you’ve got Ascention Zorua into Brutal Bash Zoroark. If you want some setup and a Double Colorless counter to many big beaters, you’ve got Foul Play Zoroark.

Rating: 2 (A bad card in a very strong evolution line)


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