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Witch of the Black Forest
If this card is sent from the field to the GY: Add 1 monster with 1500 or less DEF from your Deck to your hand, but you cannot activate cards, or the effects of cards, with that name for the rest of this turn. You can only use this effect of "Witch of the Black Forest" once per turn.
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 is Horrible.
3 is Average.
5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed: July 27, 2017
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Apparently, this card is at 2 in Japan (although
still banned in the TCG). It was semi-limited
in Japan with an errata. Although,
surprisingly, it's not a major one. We've seen
Sinister Serpent and other cards needlessly
castrated, yet Witch is still viable. The only
stipulation, aside from a standard once per turn
clause, is that the player cannot used the card they
searched within the same turn. This is clearly
informed by the Chaos Emperor Dragon combo in which
the player could nuke all cards in both players
fields and hands, search out Yata-Garasu and use it
in the same turn for a lockdown.
Witch was a very formative card early game.
For the most part, it searched what Sangan searched
and more. I guess you couldn't get D.D.
Warrior Lady, but almost everything else (including
Jinzo and Airknight if need be). Witch added
some good aspects to the game (removal had to be
used carefully). Using Exiled Force and
Creature Swap on a set monster was more risky.
But banning Witch after Chaos-Yata format was a good
idea. Not necessarily because it was
overpowered, but Sangan already existed and in
general the format already had duplicates of staples
which did the same thing (i.e. Delinquent, Duo,
Confiscation). There was also a concern with
XYZ's. Tour Guide and Sangan was seen as
somewhat overpowered combo, which is what kept
Sangan banned. However, that was a while back
and power creep has persisted since.
As far as how Witch of the Black Forest works in
2017, we will have to see. Witch's searching
ability can help almost any deck (and that's a good
thing). It's inherently support for
archetypes. However, its lack of field
presence is more of an issue today. It takes
up a Normal Summon and can get ran over by big free
Special Summoned beaters. Also, monster
removal no longer comes in form of power cards that
need to be concerned, but are instead free
byproducts of bringing out powerful cards as it is.
With so many cards that instantly search other
cards, Witch may be kind of slow today.
However, it's criteria is so open-ended (as any
monster with under 1500 DEF; there's hundreds of
them), that's it's bound to find use somewhere.
It can search Pendulum monsters (which also act as
Spells). With such a broad effect, it's bound
to see play someday. There just needs to be a
<1500 DEF that is so powerful that you'd want to use
a non-archetypal card to search it. I wouldn't
count it out!
Hello Pojo Fans,
Flashback to another banned card, though it is at 2
in the OCG: Witch of the Black Forest.
WotBF was a staple in everyone's deck until it was
banned. Its search ability was far-reaching, and
because she searched 1500DEF instead of ATK, it made
her better than Sangan most of the time. Now you
cannot activate effects of the monster you search
with WotBF for the turn. While this eliminates you
using the monster on your turn if you send WotBF to
the grave, you can still get the search during your
opponents turn and use the monster on the next turn.
The card is still fantastic despite that restriction
and I understand why it is still banned in the TCG,
but with Sangan being changed and Unlimited right
now, it's not impossible that Witch may return some
Until Next Time
We are looking at a banned card for Throwback
Thursday this week, but one who recently got an
errata in Battles of Legend. I am referring to Witch
of the Black Forest, meaning we will get her back
soon and finally be able to summon Sanwitch using
both proper materials.
Witch still searches for a monster with 1500 or less
DEF upon leaving the field, but you can't use cards
with the same name or their effects for the rest of
the turn. This effect is also a hard Once Per Turn
now. The errata hurts the use of Witch, but she has
an advantage that Sangan doesn't, and that is she
can search boss monsters or just good monsters in
general who have low DEF.
Witch was sorta slow before the errata, and is
slower with it, but her search pool and her being a
Level 4 still makes her decent.
Advanced Rating: 3/5
This week's throwback thursday, and my return
from a brief hiatus, is Witch of the Black Forest. A
level 4 dark spellcaster with 1100 attack and 1200
defence. Witch recently got a reprint and an errata
in Light's Revenge. Witch is currently forbidden in
the TCG, but rumoured to be returning given she has
been edited to work in a manner similar to Sangan's
When Witch is sent from the field to the grave, you
can add one monster with 1500 or less defence from
your deck to your hand, But you can't use the
effects of a card with that name for the rest of the
turn. Now, Sangan does the same thing but for attack
monsters and has slightly worse stats and is at 3,
but hasn't really seen any play.
With Witch, I suspect a return to the limited or
semi-limited portion of the list, given she can
search more useful monsters than Sangan can. A wide
variety of decks can take advantage of her and even
tech her in to make themselves more competitive.