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Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day

Sangan
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DB2-EN042  

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 shuffled.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 4.25
Advanced: 4.40 

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst. 3 is average. 5 is the highest rating.


Date Reviewed - Nov. 1, 2010

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Dark Paladin

Monday
 
I'm not sure what we're doing this week, but we open the week with a little critter known as Sangan.  Sangan is Restricted (if we're still going along with cards that are in that category) although its status isn't changed.  Sangan might as well read "add one Tuner monster from your Deck to your Hand) as that is likely the chosen monster I would say 99% of the time, if not more.  There is about no Deck that shouldn't be using the service of Sangan.
 
Ratings:
 
5/5 both Formats
 
Art:  5/5


Mark
Howard

Sangan, Snag 'Em (I like that one, say it out loud!), Three-Eyes, Furball, Pedo Bear, whatever you call him, this guy likes to search out things that are 15 and under.

Sangan is one of the very oldest still-good cards in the game (R.I.P. Heavy Storm for 4 more months), and for a very good reason. He only got better when Synchros came out. Whether he's destroyed by battle or effect, tributed for any reason or even Tuned, at any point at any time in any chain, you're getting a monster to replace him.

Debris Dragon, Dandylion, Quickdraw or Hamster, not X-Sabers because Darksoul puts every X-Saber in your hand during the end phase, Lonefire, whatever. Sure, those are all Plant cards, but they're at the top. Not using Plants? How about all of your Watts? Probably every Tuner you're using? Even Sangan! Whatever!

You'll always get something good from Sangan, who after all these years remains one of the sturdiest summons ever. Just watch out for Caius and Dimensional Prison and everything will be just dandy(lion spamming your field with fluff tokens).

4.3/5
Art: He's cuter when you don't think about him.
Fun Fact: Brush yer teeth!
Tomorrow: Trading cards on the Moon!


Pheano

Hey Pojo, Pheano here with another Card Of The Day For you.
 
Today we will be taking another look at an older card in a new format, Sangan. This card has seen play in almost every format since it came out due to its ability to search out a number of monsters in the decks it would be played in. Sangan will fetch you any Monster in your deck with 1500 Attack or less when ever it’s sent from the field to the Graveyard. It doesn’t matter how it’s sent or even if your Sangan is on your opponent’s side of the field when its sent to the Graveyard it will still search. One of the great things about this card is that you can even get the search with it if you use it in a Synchro Summon.
 
As of right now though most decks don’t have much use for it though. Blackwings consider it to be too slow and it doesn’t search out much in them. XX-Sabers would rather use XX-Saber Darksoul to search out any card in the deck. It has less use now in Gladiator Beasts with Rescue Cat gone. Gadgets would rather use a Gadget or Machina for searching because they give them a +1 to their card advantage where as this you have to wait to use and it doesn’t give you a +1. I personally like it in Lightsworns but I play it very different than most people do, it’s an unpopular choice in Lightsworns never the less. One of the only decks this format it would see play in would be Quickdraw Plant or Debris Hime (Plant Synchro) since it searches out every card in the deck aside from Caius The Shadow Monarch. Another less commonly used deck that this can be use in would be a Dark Synchro deck since it searches out most of the Monsters and will provide food for Dark Armed Dragon and Allure Of Darkness.
 
In traditional format though it has much more use since it works with Crush Card Virus and can search out many broken cards like Cyber Jar, Magician Of Faith, Yata-Garasu, Cyber Stein, Destiny Hero – Disk Commander, Magical Scientist and cards of the like. Also it is a Dark so it helps to fuel the ever-popular Chaos Engine.
 
Bottom line:
The card is very good but it doesn’t have a place in most top decks in the current format.
Advanced: 3.5/5
Traditional: 4/5


Dragon
Master
Knight
The Legion

Ah, Sangan. Since its release in Metal Raiders, this card’s been a gem in most decks. It’s a 3 star dark fiend with 1000 attack and negligible defense, so why is it so good? There are two reasons I can think of. One: Its effect is easy to activate. It goes off if it is in any way sent from the field to the Graveyard, which includes being destroyed by battle or a card effect, tributing it for another monster (likely Caius or one of his monarch friends), using it as part of a Synchro Summon, or even, God forbid, using it as a tribute for a monster like Cannon Soldier (who even uses Cannon Soldier anyway?). Two: Its effect is generic enough that it can be used in essentially any deck under the sun. Being able to search out any monster with 1500 or less attack is great in any situation, as most of the monsters used to set up big plays are generally weak. It essentially allows you to pull out whatever you need at that moment. I run this card in pretty much every deck I build, and if it was at two, I’d probably run a second.
 
Ratings:
Traditional: 4 (there are better things here, like Witch of the Black Forest)
Advanced: 4.5
Art: It may be fluffy, but I’d hate to get mauled by that thing…


Otaku

Sangan: a card that has helped to define this game.  On its own, it is next to nothing, of course: a Level 3 Dark/Fiend with a mere 1000 ATK and 600 DEF.  The Level and Attribute are fairly handy, but the rest is pretty forgettable.  The effect is of course what makes this card shine: when Sangan is destroyed and sent to the graveyard, be it by battle, effect, used for a cost, etc. you get to search your deck for a monster with 1500 ATK or less and add it to your hand.  This effect is part of why having an ATK of over 1500 can be a bad thing.  Most of the other monsters with deck-searching effects follow similar restrictions.

 

So… Sangan can bite it and keep you from losing card advantage, and even gain effective advantage because you pulled something great from your deck.  The main reason I think this is Limited is the infamous Exodia deck.  I am sure there’d be some sort of FTK built around Sangan/Exodia if Sangan were available in triplicate, and I think I’ve almost worked out a OTK if it were allowed in twos.

 

This little critter looked familiar when I first saw it… and when I found out that its Japanese name is Critter I remembered a semi-obscure sci-fi horror movie called… Critters!  Technically I’ve only seen most of Critters II but yeah, the alien monsters called “crites” are tiny little eating machines.  Since they like to eat meat and don’t care where it comes from, that makes them a big threat to humans as well.  Think “land piranha”.  I like the original name much better, but Sangan is at least a decent replacement, very roughly translating from Japanese to “three-eyes”.  Neither really matches the effect and one might argue if it is based on the aliens, that it should be a beast or something instead of a fiend.

 

Ratings

 

Traditional: 4.5/5

 

Advanced: 4.5/5

 

Aesthetic: 3.5/5

 

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