Banned way back in March 2013 from its previous status of Limited, not only has Sangan come back – but he’s back at 3. The world of Yu-Gi-Oh! trembled under the shocking news…. Or at least it would before the latest errata.
So as a level 3, Dark, Fiend type monster with 1000/600 stats. But the text – oh God, the text!!! So the errata did two things:
One – when was changed to if, so Sangan can’t miss timing. Thus would’ve been a hands down plus if nothing else had changed.
Two – it got nerf’d. You can’t use or activate the effects of any cards with the name of the card you added.
What does that mean? Let’s say you’re playing an old school, themed, Pegasus deck. And for whatever reason you end up with a Sangan getting dumped and you fish out a Relinquished! Hooray for Boss Monsters!
If you summon that Relinquished in your hand – you can’t use his effect.
If you already had a Relinquished on the field and you just wanted another one, neither could activate their effects.
Now this is only until the end of the turn, but it presents problems.
The other downside is that Sangan also got slapped with some “once per turn” nonsense. I wouldn’t care about this restriction if the other restriction didn’t exist – and vice versa. Once per turn would be alright if you could still USE the new card in the same turn. Or keep your precious Skill Drain-like downside but let us get the most out of the search.
There are decks that would have liked him. But unfortunately, he’s like that headline superstar that comes out of retirement for one last go: we all want the magic to happen, but the magic just isn’t there.
I want to remember Hulk Hogan battling the Ultimate Warrior and Sgt. Slaughter in Wrestlemanias where as a (7-ish year old) kid, where it felt like the fate of the world hung in the balance – not as a has been getting splattered across tabloids.
Et tu, Sangan. For what this errata did to him, it would’ve been better to not change him at all and let him stay in retirement instead of water him down and parade him around one last time.
I’m not saying he is utterly unplayable (and I’m sure it sounds that way), he’s just not what he used to be. I’m sure there’s a deck that can use him – I’m just not sure which one that is, but at least we can almost run Sanwitch naturally again!