Zola the Gorgon

Zola the Gorgon is a 3 Mana Cost Legendary Neutral Minion card from the Kobolds and Catacombs set!

Card Text

Battlecry: Choose a friendly minion. Add a Golden copy of it to your hand.

Flavor Text

Her name seems a bit cheesy.

Zola the Gorgon Additional Information

Zola the Gorgon Card Review

Before anything else, even though it’s exciting, in order to better and honestly evaluate what she does, we have to immediately forget that the copy she adds to our hand is golden, because that’s absolutely irrelevant. Great, but irrelevant. Now, what does being able to add a copy of a minion mean? The most obvious answer is that it’s great with Battlecry minions. Obviously Zola’s stats are not great, but any deck that wants to generate more of a minion probably won’t care about the slight loss in tempo that comes with playing her. This is a value-oriented card. As such, she opens up new possibilities. We saw Manic Soulcaster being played in the Kazakus Mage lists from the previous Standard rotation and she is still core to most Reno Mage decks in Wild. The problem with Soulcaster is that she was a Mage class card. Zola now opens up that possibility to get 4 Kazakus potions with Brann for Priest and Warlock too, at least one of which has a prominent Kazakus deck currently in Standard.

Aside from Kazakus specifically, there is no shortage of good cards you could copy with Zola the Gorgon. Probably not cards that cost more than 7 mana, because they are not guaranteed to live until the next turn, but Zola is a better Youthful Brewmaster because she allows you to gain all of the value from your minion again without returning it to hand. This is particularly true when you want to get a copy of a fat defensive creature or perhaps even a Deathrattle minion. Her usefulness doesn’t begin and end with Battlecries, which makes her a somewhat unique figure in the value generating space, functioning a lot more like a Shadowcaster rather than a Youthful Brewmaster while keeping the minion’s stats… and unfortunately the mana cost.

Card Review by Chimbarozo

Zola the Gorgon Decks

These are the most recent decks that have featured Zola the Gorgon in the last year.

63 Comments

  1. Pikajew1234
    December 11, 2017 at 5:21 am

    …..a golden copy… .

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  2. Sir Stone
    December 4, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    So i’m guessing if Zola gives you a Golden copy anyway, getting a Golden Zola is better off dust?

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    • Snail
      December 5, 2017 at 6:22 pm

      Its for the golden coin

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      • Sir Stone
        December 5, 2017 at 7:14 pm

        Coin? Doesn’t Zola only copy minions?

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        • Mndbr
          December 6, 2017 at 7:23 am

          when you got a deck with all 30 cards in golden, the coin will be golden too.

          Reply
  3. Steve L Clark
    December 3, 2017 at 10:17 am

    This is true, I think the pun revolves around people’s initial image of cheese being yellow/Orange but it’s funny because kabold are like rat people and well you gotta give them the cheese

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    • Fengr
      December 11, 2017 at 10:53 am

      It’s because her name is Zola the gorgon. Gorgon-zola

      Reply
  4. greatcard
    December 2, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Brann (3) + pavelbook (1) + zola (3) + 2 pavelbooks (2) = 6 random mage spells for 9 mana.
    Brann (3) + kazakus (4) + zola (3) = 2 kazakus potions plus 2 kazakus in your hand for 10 mana.

    This is the best legendary so far.

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  5. Chocobo
    November 27, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Great value card that will see play after the Jade / Highlander meta.
    For now i cant see where this can fit.

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  6. Imaloony
    November 26, 2017 at 1:37 am

    So right away, a 3 mana 2/2 that draws a card seems… okay. It compares okay to Novice Engineer, though a 2/2 body is much more relevant than a 1/1. The fact that you pick the card you get is pretty important, and I suspect that it will allow some interesting combos, but I can’t see this being anything more than niche. I’ve seen cards like this that have just kind of bobbled and died. In wild, I imagine it’ll do some fun things with Brann.

    In Arena, card advantage is pretty important, and using this to draw one of your late game cards might just win you the game, but early on it might not do anything, and arranging a board where you can grab a big minion might be tough (other than grabbing a 7 or less)

    Standard: 2/5
    Arena : 3/5

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  7. Nicko
    November 23, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Its a cheese joke. Zola the Gorgon. Gorgonzola cheese. Amazing.

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    • CarnivoreApple
      December 1, 2017 at 5:54 am

      Best card name of this expansion.
      Last one’s winner was brrrlock

      Reply
  8. Ypsilon
    November 22, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    It’s a fantastic card so it get 5 stars, but…. I know prince Rogue and other aggro types will use it and therefore I also hate it

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  9. Crapcrack
    November 22, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Gorgon Zola, get it !? XD

    Reply
    • Ypsilon
      November 22, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      Hahaha now I can’t stop thinking about cheese when I see this card XD

      Reply
  10. KaihatsuJai
    November 22, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Think of it from a golden card collector’s point of view.
    They have to suffer getting non-gold minions every day, whether it be by copy or token.

    I think I just started to hate this game a little more.

    Reply
  11. sina
    November 22, 2017 at 8:09 am

    why this expansion has high mana cards? i mean 5 mana priest dragon has 5 6 body and op effect and marine 8 mana 6 6
    evolve a board with 1 mana and this expansion is rly high mana

    Reply
  12. GreenLanternHS
    November 22, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Prince Keleseth +Zola the Gorgon = Aggro any deck possible

    Two neutral legends that will pop up in every face deck.

    Reply
    • Xix
      November 25, 2017 at 3:48 am

      Except you need to have booth in hand…. And booth are legendary so it’s pretty rare unlesh the player is holding onto them until he has them together….

      Reply
  13. David Cruz Conesa
    November 22, 2017 at 4:50 am

    Neutral, powerful effect, a lot of diferent uses, a nice card to craft.

    Reply
  14. jeniok
    November 22, 2017 at 3:52 am

    There’s a mistake in the text…
    It should be “..add a golden copy of it to your collection” 0:)

    Reply
  15. Tim
    November 21, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    HEArthstone: Improving wild one Reno at a time

    Reply
  16. Mrthejazz
    November 21, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Wait. So if you craft a golden one of these, is the copy double golden? Or perhaps platinum?

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    • Mrthejazz
      November 21, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      BTW so op. A million ebil things you can do with this.

      Reply
  17. MarmotMurloc
    November 21, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Hold on a second, the whole point of the Kobolds set has become clear to me!
    It was never to give each class cool weapons.
    It was never to add fun new mechanics.
    It only had one goal, and that goal…. is making quest rogue the new meta!
    Trying telling me this isn’t true! A minion that adds copies of itself to your hand, a card that copies a minion on turn three, and a shadowstep secret for rogue! What more could they need!

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    • Wazelin
      November 23, 2017 at 7:21 am

      With that 1 mana card that gives a copy to your hand when attacks it is very possible.

      Reply
  18. MarmotMurloc
    November 21, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    This would be great for a player like me, who doesn’t have a single golden legendary, to get to see the glorious animations that come with golden cards!

    10/10 for the memes and my lack of gold cards

    8.5/ 10 for competitive play, it might be a little weird to copy anything good as your opponent normally tries to defeat good minions in one turn

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    • Highball
      December 18, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      Then don’t give them the chance to defeat it. I.E. Use it when you have enough mana to play your minion you want to copy and Zola on the same turn, Leeroy Turn 8, Dr.Boom turn 10, Sylvanus turn 9.

      Reply
  19. Jaych
    November 21, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Interesting design. It’s kinda like a mix between Shadowcaster and Manic Soulcaster.

    Shadow in the sense that the card is added to your hand and the base stats are the same and 1 below the Mana cost, and Soulcaster in the sense that it’s a 3-Drop that gives you an important card in full glory.

    Lots of potential in so many different instances, I have to imagine at least one of them will show up eventually.

    4 Stars from me.

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  20. DanTheMan
    November 21, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Best legendary so far.

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    • DanTheMan
      November 21, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      a early game shadowcaster
      for all clases!

      Reply
  21. Xander Raidon
    November 21, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    This is basically a better Panda. Why? Because it generates another card instead of bouncing it back to hand, letting you keep the minion you already have on board.

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    • Davis
      November 21, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      Well, panda is better stated- I understand that this is a lot better effect, by generating a card, but I don’t think this is an EVERY deck kind of card. Personally I’m having trouble thinking of a deck to put it in- it seems like a value card, so it’d have to be a more control-y deck. I can definitely see it getting played, I’m just having trouble seeing why everyone thinks it’s so amazing. I’m going to read more comments, so hopefully I’ll gain some insight

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      • TheWerdna
        November 21, 2017 at 7:41 pm

        Tempo Rogue is the one deck this seems to obviously fit. Lots of strong battlecries.

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  22. Almost scared
    November 21, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Almost thought they would start doing special rules for golden. (Like pirate or murloc).
    Like deal 8 damage to all, but golden cards.
    Because that would stink 😛

    Reply
  23. Kribo
    November 21, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Too bad I can’t disenchant cards from hand :/

    Reply
  24. Blitz
    November 21, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    The Midas touch

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    • Howlongcanthisgoon
      November 21, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      I see what you did there

      Reply
  25. Moltar
    November 21, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Nice card, and being only 3 mana means you can play a 7 or less mana minion and copy it in the same turn, very playable.

    In quest priest you can even play and copy Amara in the same turn, which is a lot of value. And also is not a dead card since you can copy any other deathrattle minion.

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    • Piterno
      November 21, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      You can also play it in keleseth (because it’s a 3 mana bounce) and since it’s neutral the non-rogue keleseths will get a big buff to their minions of +2/+2 making them about as good as the average rogue turn 2. Rogue can also play this for a possible +4/+4 with keleseth, shadowstep, shadowstep, turn 3 zola.

      Of course this is assuming your opponent doesn’t have removal to get rid of keleseth or they don’t care.
      I mainly use Kelelock, so I’ll definitely craft this.

      Reply
  26. highhopesforall
    November 21, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Looks like a good arena and jade card

    Reply
  27. iLPippi
    November 21, 2017 at 11:45 am

    I like it principally for rogue and reno decks (5 stars)

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  28. Helioshadow
    November 21, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Thematically, I love this card. Mechanically, yeah sure. Get another N’Zoth or C’thun, get a combo piece, or just a quality card like Rag or Sylvanus, etc. Great card in specific decks, but not an auto-include.

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  29. aaron
    November 21, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Let’s look at shadow caster when comparing cards. I think this is a great card, think of all the creatures we would love to have two of, prince, nzoth, aya, obsidion statue, lich king, sure they can deal with one but multiple threats, solid card. I’ll play it.

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    • aaron
      November 21, 2017 at 11:26 am

      Oh and quest rogue would like this card

      Reply
  30. Nandiman
    November 21, 2017 at 11:17 am

    why? why golden? what purpose does it server for it to be a golden copy? Would they drop 1 mana from the cost if it were a regular copy?

    Reply
    • Kevin Enck
      November 21, 2017 at 11:20 am

      It’s just thematic… It’s a gorgon. Makes no difference to the cost of the card, but it’s a cool feature.

      Reply
    • Raemahn
      November 21, 2017 at 11:23 am

      Gorgon normally turn people into stone. Perhaps this one turns people into gold…?

      Maybe it’s because they make these cool Gold card animations and people don’t want to spend all their dust crafting them.

      Reply
      • af
        November 21, 2017 at 11:25 am

        Its gorgon zola, cheese, it turns minies into cheese!

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        • Raemahn
          November 21, 2017 at 11:45 am

          Ah, I see what they did there. And cheese is a nice golden color.

          Reply
  31. BluX
    November 21, 2017 at 11:16 am

    This is a great…
    meme card.

    Reply
  32. to
    November 21, 2017 at 11:16 am

    The point of the golden copy would be what? I mean the card is good but why a golden copy when a copy is a copy?..

    Reply
    • Mistgun
      November 21, 2017 at 11:52 am

      Its just a marketing strategy.. showing the golden version so you get tempted to crafting more golden minions..

      Reply
      • Law
        November 21, 2017 at 12:29 pm

        Gorgonzola = cheese, and cheese is yellow – I think that’s what they were going for

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        • Perry Manson
          November 22, 2017 at 1:54 am

          Gorgonzola is actually white & green 😀

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    • Nora
      December 3, 2017 at 5:27 am

      My first thought was that she’s a Gorgon. They’d turn others into stone, so maybe it has something to do with it? What I thought at first but it seems dumb now 😀

      Reply
  33. Booksmarts
    November 21, 2017 at 11:13 am

    There has to be some way to exploit this with Barnes, Stitched Tracker, Mirage Caller, etc.

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    • Wut
      November 24, 2017 at 4:31 am

      More like with reno, kazakus, bran. A fourth musketeer of reno trio.

      Reply
  34. aaron
    November 21, 2017 at 11:11 am

    So prince?!

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  35. Crapcrack
    November 21, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Not a good card whatsoever. It reminds me of Stitched tracker, but instead u have to have minions on the board.

    Reply
    • Mistgun
      November 21, 2017 at 11:50 am

      similar but not the same.. because this card is not limited to hunter, where the battlecries are very poor. And also stitched tracker has more RNG to its effect. This card will probably be limited to meme decks tho.

      Reply
  36. Lesh
    November 21, 2017 at 11:06 am

    A golden copy? They should probably make the golden Zola add a normal copy to your hand then ^^ haha

    Reply
    • twasabluff
      November 21, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      Was thinking the same thing

      Reply

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