Sea Hag

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Sea Hag
Sea Hag.jpg
Info
Cost $4
Type(s) Action - Attack
Kingdom card? Yes
Set SeasideSeaside icon.png
Illustrator(s) Christof Tisch
Card text
Each other player discards the top card of their deck, then gains a Curse onto their deck.

Sea Hag is an Action-Attack card from Seaside. It is a curser which puts CurseCurse.jpg cards right on top of an opponent's deck; since it only costs $4, it is an extremely good opening buy, and can make an opponent draw a Curse as early as turn 4. Since it gives no benefit to the player who plays it and it gives out Curses, Sea Hag can make for a very slow game!

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[edit] FAQ

[edit] Official FAQ

  • The Curses are given out in turn order, which can matter when the Curse pile is low.
  • They go onto decks rather than into discard piles.

[edit] Other Rules clarifications

  • Even when there are no CursesCurse.jpg left, other players still discard the top card of their deck when Sea Hag is played.

[edit] Strategy Article

Original article by theory

Sea Hag is a powerful card, and one you should almost always open with. As far as the Cursing attacks go, it doesn’t get any more direct than this. No need to wait for the reshuffle for FamiliarFamiliar.jpg and WitchWitch.jpg to start having an impact; no, just drop a Curse on top of your opponent’s deck and guarantee that they’ll draw a dead card next turn.

Does this mean that Sea Hag is superior to Witch? Probably not—the fact that you spend an Action doing nothing is a huge drawback. So certainly Witch is the better choice if you open $5/$2. But Sea Hag is strong enough that I would probably buy it with a $4/$3 instead of waiting for Witch.

The exception is with certain counters that directly benefit from having a Curse on top instead of in the discard (LookoutLookout.jpg, UpgradeUpgrade.jpg, MasqueradeMasquerade.jpg, and Native VillageNative Village.jpg chief among them); even a +1 Action/+1 Card Action and a trasher in hand means the Sea Hag Curse goes away pretty quickly. In those situations, you should probably delay getting the Sea Hag and hope to jump to Witches instead. (Note that in multiplayer games, multiple Sea Hags make Lookout a far less desirable counter, since it’s quite likely your Curse on top will get discarded for another Curse.) If Witches aren’t available, consider delaying your Sea Hag purchase until later in the game; delayed Cursing attacks can be quite helpful because your opponent will typically have diluted his trashing ability with other cards, and possibly even RemodeledRemodel.jpg his trashers away.

Note that this does not apply to generalized early trashing: there is no reason not to open Sea Hag/ChapelChapel.jpg, since your Cursing significantly slows down his ability to trash. This is a general principle applicable to all Cursing attacks, but especially Sea Hag, since it’s available from the very first turn and is therefore guaranteed to hit your opponent before he is able to trim his deck.

After the Curses are gone, you should almost never play Sea Hag, not unless you know your opponent has a good card on her deck. Either she’s been buying Victory cards, in which case you don’t want to discard one of them, or she’s buying good cards, in which case discarding will let him cycle her new purchases in slightly faster. Try to get rid of the Sea Hag as fast as possible, even trashing it to the Chapel if you can.

On a side note: along with MilitiaMilitia.jpg, Sea Hag is one of those massively-benefits-first-player cards; if you’re lucky enough to hit another player’s Sea Hag in the early game, that’s basically GG.

Especially in games where the Curses cannot be trashed, Sea Hag synergizes with some alt-VP approaches, such as DuchyDuchy.jpg/DukeDuke.jpg. In Sea Hag games, both player's decks are likely to fill up with curses quickly, and Sea Hag itself offers no benefit when played, so it will typically be a longer period of time before players are able to reach $8. In these games, DuchessDuchess.jpg also becomes stronger as it provides economy while being less likely to collide with desirable terminal actions.

[edit] Synergies/Combos

[edit] Antisynergies

  • LookoutLookout.jpg, UpgradeUpgrade.jpg, Junk DealerJunk Dealer.jpg, and especially MasqueradeMasquerade.jpg. Masquerade counters Sea Hag well enough that you might even want to skip the Sea Hag entirely; the other trashers merely mitigate the damage.
  • Native VillageNative Village.jpg
  • The non-terminal +1 Action/+1 Card Actions, combined with trashing
  • Reaction cards
  • Other cursing attacks
  • Your handsize-reducing attacks

[edit] Versions

[edit] English versions

Print Digital Text Release Date
Sea Hag Sea Hag from Goko/Making Fun Each other player discards the top card of his deck, then gains a Curse card, putting it on top of his deck. Seaside 1st Edition October 2009
Sea Hag Sea Hag from Shuffle iT Each other player discards the top card of their deck, then gains a Curse onto their deck. Seaside 2nd Edition July 2017

[edit] Other language versions

Language Name Print Digital Text
Chinese 海巫 (pron. hǎi wū)
Czech Mořská čarodějnice
Dutch Zeeheks
Finnish Merennoita
French Sorcière de mer
German Seehexe German language Sea Hag
Italian Megera dei Mari
Japanese 海の妖婆 (pron. umi no yōba) 他のプレイヤーは全員、山札の一番上のカードを捨て札にし、呪い1枚を山札の上に獲得する。
Korean 바다 마녀 (pron. bada manyeo)
Polish Morska wiedźma Polish language Sea Hag
Russian Морская Ведьма (pron. morskaya vyed'ma)
Spanish Bruja del Mar

[edit] Trivia

Official card art.

[edit] Secret History

Way back when there was a card like "trash the top card of each other player's deck; they each gain a Confusion card, putting it on their deck." Confusion was like Curse but without the -1VP.png. Confusion left the main set due to not being different enough from Curse (and also because it required 30 more cards to handle it). So all of the Confusion-giving cards vanished or were changed. It may not even be correct to say that that card inspired this one. Anyway eventually I tried Curse-to-deck-top elsewhere, then moved it here as I wanted another attack and it fit the next turn theme. The discarding is just there so that multiple Sea Hags don't leave you with a stack of Curses on top of your deck.


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