When this card is sent from the Field to the
Graveyard, move 1 monster with an ATK of 1500 or
less from your Deck to your hand. Your deck is then
Type - Fiend / Effect
Card Number - MRD-069
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - 02.28.05
Note to all who read my CotD's last week -- I
apologize for any inaccurate ban information. I
wrote those CotDs on the premise of the previous ban
list that was posted in the forums, which turned out
to be fake. Oddly enough, half of the things still
hold true, but we don't get Dark Hole or Witch back
like I was saying. My bad.
Welcome to the New Ban/Restrict List consequences
week! This week we're going to be looking at cards
that were recently banned, unbanned, made less
limited, or made more limited with the new Advanced
Format list that goes into effect on April 1st.
Today we're looking at Sangan's effect on the new
metagame. Most players used monsters that searched
out a 1500 or less ATK monster and put it on the
field, so there will probably be many monsters in
the current decks that Sangan can fetch.
In a Warrior deck, he can fetch almost anything
Reinforcements of the Army would fetch -- Command
Knight, Marauding Captain, X-Force, Don Zaloog, DD
Warrior Lady (the player's only copy with the new
In a Burn deck, he can fetch almost any monster --
Stealth Bird, Gyaku-Gire Panda, Solar Flare
Basically, he's a welcome addition to almost any
deck. Just be glad that Fiber's banned so that
Sangan can't search that abomination.
If nothing else, I'm glad that we have one more card
(outside of Jinzo, Emissaries, and some oddball
fiends like Newdoria) to chain that Call of the
Haunted to when it gets Heavy Stormed/MST'd.
Hand advantage is key in both formats, and this guy
is +1 every time he isn't removed and dies.
5/5 all formats.
Sangan was in virtually every deck before the
banlist came about and took him out of quite a few.
Now he will go back in to just about every deck
again. Well, maybe not EVERY deck, but at least 90%
of them for a while.
Should YOU run him? Go ahead. If he works for you,
use him. The current "cookie cutter" we have (aggro)
won't care too much for him unless it's running a
monster with under 1500 attack that isn't a warrior
(where Reinforcement of the Army > Sangan), but
control and stall/burn will like him, as will
several other decks.
4/5 New Advanced
I won’t be so arrogant as to assume you really want
to hear my thoughts on the updated ban list,
especially since virtually every other staff member
here has already submitted his. So I won’t waste
your time. All you need to know is that I don’t like
Speaking of wasted time, let’s get to this week’s
Cards of the Day. Most of them are cards that don’t
need reviewing – they really don’t need reviewing.
So I’ll be brief; brevity is the soul of wit.
Sangan is an absolutely amazing monster in
Traditional Format. You should run it in virtually
any deck (there are exceptions, but not many).
In Advanced Format, he is garbage, pure and utter
In the New Advanced Format, he’s amazing once again.
He loses a bit of his effectiveness with a few of
the bans, but really – he’s still incredible. Of
course, since the new bans aren’t in effect yet, my
numerical ratings (which I try to stress the
unimportance of, by the way) will, until April 1st,
reflect the current Advanced Format.
Traditional – CCCC: 5/5
Traditional – Fiend: 5/5
Advanced – CCWC: 1/5
Advanced – Fiend: 1/5
OVERALL RATING: 3/5
Rated For: Any Deck
In the Traditional Format, Sangan can search out
Magical Scientist, D.D Warrior Lady, Yata-Garasu,
Obviously, with their bans, Sangan is left to search
out either D.D Warrior Lady (a sub-optimal search),
Sinister Serpent, or probably Apprentice
Magician/Magician of Faith. What this means is that
Sangan has lost a lot of power. In other decks, of
course, he’ll search out Lily, Exiled Force,
Morphing Jar, Cyber Jar, or whatnot, but for the
moment Sangan isn’t as good as he used to be.
Having said that, he’s still one of the best
monsters to ever be printed. It is quite ludicrous,
to be sure, but even having lost 3 of his most
broken searches (Yata, Scientist, Witch), he’s STILL
probably the best level 4 or under monster in the
game. It was a mistake to unban this card because it
promotes less theme unity and more cookie cutter
stat searching, but we’ll all have to live with it
so here goes.
Sangan had 1000 attack, will be wiped out quick.
However, he’s an automatic 1 for 1, and that “1”
portion means you can search out the best sub 1500
monster to bring out the next turn. And truthfully,
if they use Torrential/Ring, or other monster
destruction, it’s really 0 for 1, meaning you get a
Best Draw for the Situation:
Great in any phase of play.
Sangan isn’t as game-breaking as he once was, but
getting a free Sinister Serpent is always a good
thing. 1000 attack is decent, and being a Fiend/Dark
About as dependable an effect as there is. Of course
the new environment will have 2 Crossout, but that’s
about all that’ll ever negate it (and Dmoc, Balter
(through Metamorphosis), Hades/Terrorking). Pretty
solid chance to use it, I must say.
The Bottom Line:
If Konami wants unthemed, generic cookie-cutter
decks, this was a great addition. If they don’t,
this was a mistake.
A BAD Score—
FORCE System Suggestions:
++ Contributes to Field Control, Resource
Last week, the official Forbidden list for Yu-Gi-Oh
was given an overhaul. Changes were made, the date
of its enstatement was announced, and my Strike
Ninja cried out in immense pain. But enough about
that. This week is covering cards that were allowed
to see more play once again, and today starts with
an old favorite from Metal Raiders. Remember Sangan,
There's not a lot that won't be said about Sangan in
this review, or hasn't been said in the past 32
months since the card's release. Sangan, whether
it's destroyed, tributed, or sent to the graveyard
in any way from the field, allows you to add any
monster with an ATK of 1500 or less to your hand.
Fiend decks are jumping for joy over this, weenie
warriors love this, burner decks have easy access to
their monsters, Fire Princess has a new
servant...this little critter is just GOOD. Contrary
to popular belief, this card is NOT a staple.
Beatdown decks have little use for it, and big
beater decks cannot make good use of Sangan either.
Any deck relying on large ATK monsters probably
won't use their deck space for this monster, as they
may have better options (Morphing Jar, for example,
which easily refreshes your hand). However, this
card is still really, really, really, good. Most
decks will gladly run this come April 1st...
Oh, and this thing's a beast in limited. Easy tutors
are always good for limited, as it gives you
something your opponent probably won't have in their
This, as all but the newest of you know, is why
Sangan gets played. When Sangan is sent
to the Graveyard (while on the field), you get
to search your deck for a Monster with an ATK of
1500 or less from your deck and add it to your
hand. This is incredible for a game like Yu-Gi-Oh
that lacks substantial draw power… well, for
those of us who have been heavily influenced by
the Pokémon TCG and similarly styled games.
This card, as stated, is used for its effect.
Still, it has decent stats. It is a
Dark/Fiend. Dark feeds Chaos, and Fiend feeds…
erm… Fiend decks in general, Dark Necrofear
specifically. Being a Level 3 Monster is nice:
can be dropped into play without any hassle and
it can slip under Gravity bind/Level
Limit-Area B.Its ATK is just 1000.
This isn’t so great for attacking (though at
least it goes under Messenger of Peace),
but fortunately I’ll mention the one or two
combos that make use of it. 600 DEF is pretty
pointless, though at least (for Traditional) it
allows it to be searched out via Witch of the
Black Forest. Can’t think of why you’d need
to do that, but you could.
Okay, this card lets you get all those nice,
tiny, effect Monsters. What do I mean?
Cyber Jar and Morphing Jar come
readily to mind. Injection Fairy Lily
isn’t too far behind. The bulk of Burners
easily qualifies, as do stallers and specialists
like Gear Golem with their low ATKs and DEF so
high. Certainly not the least, you can use
Sangan to grab any Exodia piece!
Okay, enough of that: the first rhyme was
accidental, the rest are painfully intentional.
Other important things to note about using
Sangan is that it is small enough to search
out via Mystic Tomato, which puts you two
steps (or less) away from any of the above cards
with a tenth of a full 40 card deck. Finally,
if we ever get the Crush Card Virus
(sorry, can’t remember the Japanese name and I
almost ran out of time for this article
searching for it), it will be more or less a
perfect offering to trigger that cards effect.
4.25/5-Not as useful a Witch of the Black
Forest here, but still a “staple” for pretty
much any serious deck. Yata-Garusa
gets tacked onto the list above here. Plus you
can use it to get Witch of the Black Forest.
The two together let you get nearly any Monster
you need from your deck within a span of two
4.5/5-It’s possible you’re running a deck
without any legal targets for this, or with only
“filler” that qualifies. I guess that is
possible. For the most part though, this should
be in pretty much every deck. It effectively
doubles your odds of getting out Cyber Jar,
Morphing Jar, etc.
5/5-Unless you lack something to search for,
take this. Search is incredibly important here.
This card is a Monster Staple as far as I am
concerned: the decks that wouldn’t benefit from
running it don’t seem too serious to me. This
card should not have been returned to us: it is
far too potent. Hopefully I can find time to do
my own Ban List article, so I can more properly
express my concern over the current list.