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"Witchcrafter" (ウィッチクラフト Wicchikurafuto, "Witchcraft" in Japan) is an archetype of female cards introduced in Deck Build Pack: Infinity Chasers. It is described as being a "Spellcaster theme that uses in-hand Spell Cards to employ various effects."
"Witchcrafter" monsters seem to be named after words in other languages related to artisan crafts. Also the "craft" in "Witchcrafter" refers to the fact that they are craftsmen.
|Genni||"genius" in French|
|Potterie||"pottery" in French|
|Pittore||"painter" in Italian|
|Schmietta||"blacksmith" in German (Schmied)|
|Edel||"gem(stone)" in German (Edelstein)|
|Haine||"clothing" in Romanian|
|Madame Verre||"glass" in French|
|Golem Aruru||"golem" and "Aruru", another name for Ninhursag, the ancient Sumerian mother goddess of the mountains.|
First of all, "Witchcrafter" monsters are packed with two effects, with one of them being a Quick Effect that requires you to discard a Spell to activate. This effect of the lower level "Witchcrafter" monsters are all used to Special Summon another "Witchcrafter" monster from the Deck, in which case it can only be activated during a Main Phase, and as additional cost, the monsters also need to be Tributed. Meanwhile, this effect of the higher level monsters are various, ranged from Special Summoning another "Witchcrafter" from the hand, destroying a face-up card, to negating the effects of all face-up monsters the opponent controls. "Witchcrafter Golem Aruru" has an effect to target a card your opponent controls or a "Witchcrafter" Spell in your GY, and return the target to the hand, thus making it a rather unique member because it can recover a Spell instead of discarding them. This effect can be triggered when your Spellcaster is targeted by an attack or card effect while "Aruru" is in your hand, making "Aruru" some sort of a hand trap.
As for the other effect, the lower leveled ones all have the same cost to use it, that is by banishing themselves from the GY, which resulting in different effects. The higher leveled ones, however, have more unique effects to use with different kind costs.
Despite a lot of discarding cost for their effects, "Witchcrafter" Deck can still cover these loss since their exclusive Spells can return themselves from the GY to the hand during the End Phase, as long as the player controls a "Witchcrafter" monster. Depends on the situation, "Witchcrafter" players usually have two options in utilizing their Spells during a turn; either activating them to search, Special Summon, or backup your "Witchcrafter" monsters, or to discard them as ammunition for the monsters instead. Either way, the Spells will still return to the hand when that turn is over. Even if you ran out of Spells in your hand to activate "Witchcrafter" monster effects, both of their exclusives Continuous Spells - "Witchcrafter Scroll" and "Witchcrafter Bystreet" can be sent them from your field to the GY as the cost replacement, instead of discarding them, and they can still be returning face-up to your field from the GY during the End Phase.
Their duo Traps Cards, on the other hand, are used to salvage the used cards or even search for more cards. Both also deal with banishment. "Witchcrafter Patronus" is useful to recycle the banished low-level "Witchcarfter" monsters (due to their own effects in the GY), or the banished Spells due to the second effect of the other Trap - "Witchcrafter Masterpiece" - to Special Summon a "Witchcrafter" from the Deck.
- "Deck Build Pack – Infinity Chasers Themes Confirmed". The Organization. December 4, 2018. Retrieved December 4, 2018.