Abbi Marie | 14th June 2018
Sideboarding can be a hard enough task as it is, and I find creating the sideboard initially as difficult as later deciding what to sideboard in and out of a game. I honestly know I’d rather shove the extra 15 cards in on top of the 60 instead of trying to decide what to take out (because everything seems so gooooood). I figured having a vast list of decent sideboard cards I could pick and choose from when brewing a deck would be a valuable thing to have.
Here is a list of what I think are some good staple sideboard cards, neatly organised for you into colours, to pick-a-mix for your new brew. (You’re welcome)
DISCLAIMER: I’m not saying these are the only sideboard options, of course depending on your deck there could be hundreds of options for you! These are just what I think can be some cool all-r
ounders to cover the basics. (Or even cards I just have a soft spot for)
White is actually a very well rounded colour for sideboarding, and why my Mono-white prison deck wasn’t too shabby for a short while. Cards like Rest in Peace, Stony Silence and Leyline of Sanctity are your ESSENTIAL ones for 99% for sideboards, (I even main-boarded 4 Leylines at one point and they never steered me wrong.) Especially with the current Meta.
Black is good for your destruction sideboarding; hand destruction, or creature destruction mostly. There is also a couple Lilliana’s that if you’re not mainboarding already can be a good sideboard option for certain matchups.
Blue is your sideboarding colour for counter spells mostly, or returning multiple copies of something to it’s owners hand. Or basically gaining more control over the game (Shock horror)
Red isn’t a colour I find myself playing often, but I certainly know the basics, and even I’ll admit there are defiantly some choice cards Red has to offer. It can be especially good for sideboarding against artefact decks.
Green is another colour I don’t play much off, but it is a good for artifact removal and also very good for enchantment removal (grrrr). Of course you’ve also got decent abilities like Hexproof.
Gives a wide range of coverage, as well as the massive advantage of most of them being able to be used in any sideboard, no matter what colour you play.
Depending on what colours you’re playing gold cards can give that something extra where mono coloured decks struggle. Where one colour may lack enchantment removal, but has a lot of creature removal, you can pair with a colour that has strengths where the that colour doesn’t.
So that’s it! Easy Peasy. I know I didn’t cover everything, but in my defence that’s impossible, I tried to give you guys the basic and main staples, but sideboarding is 100% choice and will vary in every deck.
I’ll try to keep this fairly updated with new sets and announcements, if I see anything worth a mention, so keep an eye out!