Posted by Zach Lesage on 9/7/2022 to Articles
What’s poppin’ Po Town readers? Are you hyped up for the release of Lost Origin - the newest Pokemon TCG set available? This set reintroduces the Lost Zone mechanic to Standard, and there are so many cool cards! I know most players are hyped about the popular VSTAR Pokemon, like Giratina VSTAR [Lost Origin], but there are so many gems in this set. Before we jump into it, I do want to say that some cards will include multiple entries if they are relevant to the combo necessary, and some are standalone cards. When it comes to ranking Pokemon cards, it is a mix of years of knowledge and personal flair - my list is my list! I hope this list serves you well as you crack open your packs from PoTownStore.com and decide what is worthy for your Pokemon TCG Online collection. Let’s get it!
10. Gift Energy
Providing Colorless Energy isn’t really much of a feature for a new card, but the text of Special Energy is what can truly make these cards special! If the Pokemon that Gift Energy [Lost Origin] is attached to is Knocked Out by damage from an opponent’s attack, you get to draw cards until you have 7 cards in your hand. In any deck that plays Colorless type Pokemon, like Hisuian Zoroark VSTAR [Lost Origin], or a single Prize Card deck, like Radiant Charizard [Pokemon GO], this card can find a home. Drawing cards isn’t even the big appeal for me - I’m more excited about having a unique answer to Marnie [Sword and Shield] and Roxanne [Astral Radiance] to protect my hand. I’m particularly excited to see how this card will work with Regigigas [Astral Radiance] to accelerate Gift Energy over and over again!
9. Lost City
Upon first glance, Lost City [Lost Origin] doesn’t seem like much! It basically reads as “when either player Knocks Out a Pokemon, put that whole Pokemon line in the Lost Zone instead of the discard pile.” If you are playing a Pokemon TCG Online deck like Arceus VSTAR [Brilliant Stars] you don’t really care too much about your Pokemon getting Lost Zoned, but if you are a single Prize Card deck, it could really matter. Attacking Inteleon [Sword and Shield] decks with many different basic attackers can sometimes crumble to a few Lost Zoned Pokemon. Is it a complete answer? No, but it does offer a new band-aid to a potential subcategory of decks.
8. Hisuian Goodra
First and foremost, I am talking about the single Prize Card Hisuian Goodra [Lost Origin] card and not the highly anticipated Hisuian Goodra VSTAR [Lost Origin] card from the same set. I am looking at this card pretty much only for its Steel Shelter Ability! It can ignore all damage from your opponent’s Pokemon V’s attacks to your Basic Pokemon that have any Metal Energy attached. It might take a while to get there, but if you slip some techs to protect Hisuian Goodra, it might be viable. If you pair it with a Basic Pokemon that can discard your opponent’s Boss’s Orders [Rebel Clash] or maybe stop them from bringing up Hisuian Goodra - it could be a full-fledged deck. I’m not sure if this one will end up seeing the light of day, but it is such a cool card (if you are able to stay away from “Shred” like attacks).
7. Hisuian Zoroark VSTAR + Gengar + Damage Pump
We made it to one of the first combos available in Lost Origin - Hisuian Zoroark VSTAR + Gengar + Damage Pump. The goal is to pitch a few Gengar to your discard pile, slap it on the Bench with its Creeping Back Ability, and start getting damage counters on your Pokemon to power up Hisuian Zoroark VSTAR’S Baleful Curse attack. Damage Pump allows you to spread your damage counters even further so that you can get into OHKO potential and take some quick Knock-Outs. Many players are excitingly confused by this deck because it seems so powerful yet so inconsistent, but it has to be good, right? We will find out once the set fully releases later this week!
6. Cramorant + Sableye
With Lost Origin being themed around the Lost Zone mechanic, I definitely have to feature some of these cards on the list, right? Cramorant [Lost Origin] is unique because it can attack for free because of its Lost Supply Ability that gets activated if you have 4 or more cards in your Lost Zone. Conniving Spit is its only attack, but it does it for a quick 110 damage. That is enough to take down Sobble [Chilling Reign] or Drizzile [Sword and Shield] while you power up something more important in the background. Similarly, Sableye [Lost Origin] can use its Lost Mine attack only if you have 10 or more cards in the Lost Zone. You get to place 12 damage counters on your opponent’s Pokemon in any way you like, which can definitely shake up the pace of a game. These two are likely going to be splashed into Lost Zone-themed Pokemon Online decks, so be prepared to see these cards pop up in the metagame really soon.
5. Kyurem VMAX
Kyurem VMAX [Lost Origin] is one of my most hyped chase cards from Lost Origin because it seems so powerful! It's Ice World Ability offers an extra layer of Energy acceleration that pairs beautifully with Oranguru [Sword and Shield]. It's as easy as using Capacious Bucket [Rebel Clash], using Oranguru to put an Energy on top of your deck, and using Ice World to get an extra attachment. Max Frost gives you the potential to push the boundaries of damage output and discard extra Energy from Kyurem VMAX to get massive OHKOs. No longer are there excuses for a Duraludon VMAX [Evolving Skies] with only 10 HP remaining, this card gets the job done. I think it is a natural partner for Origin Forme Palkia VSTAR [Astral Radiance], but only time will tell.
4. Hisuian Goodra VSTAR + Radiant Gardevoir
This is one of the decks that I am most excited for from Lost Origin because I love a big tanky deck. Hisuian Goodra VSTAR’s [Lost Origin] Iron Rollout attack hits for a solid 200 damage and reduces incoming damage by 80! That means it likely won’t get OHKOd, but there is more… Radiant Gardevoir [Lost Origin] reduces damage from opposing Pokemon V by another 20 to bring it to minus 100. If you have 10 or more in the Lost Zone, you can drop Fantina [Lost Origin] to reduce incoming damage by another minus 120 to make it minus 220 total! Mix that with Moisture Star to fully heal Hisuian Goodra VSTAR once during the game, and you have one of the most defensive decks available.
Thornton [Lost Origin] reminds me of Ninja Boy [Steam Siege] because both have this out-of-nowhere surprise factor. You get to switch any of your Basic Pokemon with a Basic Pokemon from your Discard Pile to swoosh a new threat into play! It keeps all cards attached, damage counters, Special Conditions, and turns in play which opens a world of possibilities. I am personally stoked to see how Regigigas can power up any of the “Regi” Pokemon in play, drop-down Thorton, attach either a Twin Energy [Rebel Clash] or Aurora Energy [Sword and Shield], and have a fully powered Amazing Rare Reshiram [Shining Fates] that can OHKO a Flying Pikachu VMAX [Celebrations]. It is a wild card, and I’m sure that we aren’t even scratching the surface yet.
2. Giratina VSTAR
If there was a singular card that anyone thinks is “broken” from Lost Origin, it is definitely Giratina VSTAR [Lost Origin]. Its Lost Impact attack swings for an impressive 280 damage, with the only drawback being to putting two Energy attached to any of your Pokemon in the Lost Zone. That Knocks Out most VSTAR Pokemon, and it can even OHKO Mew VMAX [Fusion Strike] if you have a Choice Band [Brilliant Stars] attached to increase its damage output to 310. If you missed the Choice Band, you can quite literally OHKO whatever you want if you have 10 or more cards in your Lost Zone because it also has Star Requiem. Players have been discussing which way to build this deck, either Mirage Gate [Lost Origin] or Arceus VSTAR [Brilliant Stars], but this card is certainly going to see some success.
1. Mirage Gate + Colress’s Experiment + Comfey
Here we have it, my number one pick (and yes, I know it is three cards). With Lost Origin being based around the Lost Zone mechanic, this is the engine that makes it work! Mirage Gate [Lost Origin] is a terrifyingly powerful card because it can accelerate two different Basic Energy to any of your Pokemon in any way you like, with a limited drawback of having 7 or more cards in your Lost Zone. How do you get those cards in the Lost Zone? Colress’s Experiment [Lost Origin] allows you to look at the top 5 cards of your deck, grab three of them, and send the other cards to the Lost Zone. Comfey [Lost Origin] allows you to look at the top two cards of your deck, grab one, and send the other one to the Lost Zone as long as it's your Active Pokemon. Using it with Scoop Up Net [Rebel Clash], Air Balloon [Sword and Shield], and Switch [Sword and Shield] can make this combo pop off! It seems like it will work with Hisuian Goodra VSTAR, Giratina VSTAR, and so much more!
Next Stop: Peoria Regionals
With all of these cool cards floating around, I’m hyped to be able to use them at the upcoming Peoria Regional Championships later this month. There are so many cards that I could have put on this list, like Hisuian Arcanine [Lost Origin] or Pidgeot V [Lost Origin], but I’m happy with how the list turned out! As I continue to experiment with these new Lost Origin cards, I will bring my favourite ideas to our PoTown community for everyone to enjoy! If you need Lost Origin PTCGO codes or any other Pokemon TCG online codes, search for them here at the PoTown store! I appreciate all of the support and hope to be back with another article soon! Thanks for reading,
About the Writer
Zach Lesage is a contributing writer for PoTown Store. As a Toronto local, he has been playing the Pokemon Trading Card Game since 2005 and creates Pokemon content as his full time career. With multiple prestigious accomplishments in the game, such as 2020 Players Cup 2 Champion and 2020 Oceania International Championships Finalist, he has proven his success in the game. Outside of the game, he travels the world, enjoys the culture of designer streetwear, and is a professionally trained chef. You can catch him at most Pokemon events and follow him on Twitter @ZachLesagePTCG.