Discussion Will Zeraora GX be viable?

Discussion in 'PTCG Competitive Play' started by XCITE, Sep 15, 2018.

  1. XCITE In the Shadow of Mew


    I personally think it will be if buzz/shrine dies down, because it seems like an impossible matchup for zeraora.

    To clarify, I have a heavily tested list. zeraora's gx attack seems to be the optimal energy acceleration, because vikavolt and magnezone are inconsistent. as for raikou, I haven't tested it but I would think it would be too slow. Here's my list

    11 Pokémon

    4 Zeraora GX -Thunderclap Spark
    3 Shuckle -Thunderclap Spark
    1 Blitzle -Thunderclap Spark
    1 Zebstrika -Thunderclap Spark
    1 Tapu Lele GX - GRI
    1 Tapu Koko -SM PRM

    11 Energy

    11 Electric

    38 Trainers

    3 Aether Paradise Conservation Area
    1 Thunder Mountain <>
    3 Choice Band
    4 Cynthia
    4 Guzma
    4 Apricorn Maker
    1 Lillie
    1 Hala
    1 Lisia
    4 Ultra Ball
    4 Nest Ball
    4 Electric Power
    3 Acro Bike
    1 Field Blower
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2018

  2. TorchHG Aspiring Trainer

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    So, Buzz Shrine will definitely be a bad matchup for the deck, and Zeroara GX does have a fair amount of potential.

    One of the thing Zeroara GX lacks is cheap attack costs. 3 energy is a fair amount to get, so one of the main ways to make the deck viable is finding what energy acceleration works the best.

    Probably the most reliable but also slowest ennergy acceleration will be Raikou. It does allow for you to charge a Zeroara GX in 2 turns at best (play down Thunder Mountain Prism Star, attach for turn to Zeroara, use Raikou’s Booming Thunder, attach energy to Zeroara on second turn). This line of play wants to make sure you keep energy on, as an early knockout slows you tremendously.

    Magcargo GX is an option, but this will definitely fill up bench space as you try to fit a good amount of Magcargos, Magcargo GX, and Zeroara GX. This to me seems a little clunky, but once setup allows you to stream Zeroara GXs.

    There’s Magnezone, which would allow a quick setup of multiple Zeroaras if you can get Magnezone out quick enough. This has the potential to steamroll games.

    Lastly there’s Vikavolt, but personally I think this might be worse than Magnezone as you have to include some grass. That and Zebestrika is definitely the best drawing Pokémon which does not necessarily work well with Vikavolt.

    Just looking at Pennsylvania day 2 and what was played, Buzz Shrine is definitely present, but it really isn’t a huge portion of the metagame, so I feel Zeroara is pretty safe in that respect.
  3. Wailord's Pokemon Wailord uses body slam and slays the tcg
    Wailord's Pokemon


    Definitely. Buzz Shrine beats it, but Zeroara GX Magnezone could be interesting. Has to be tested to make sure that Buzzshrine's presence doesn't overshadow it.

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