The Modern Brewer's Bible Part 3: Modern's Nature and Sideboarding

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Posted on May 2, 2017, 2:47 a.m. by Sargeras

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Welcome to the third part of the Modern Brewer's Bible, which is learning Modern Sideboarding and acknowledging the nature of the format itself. Like most of Magic's formats, Modern has various designs that you can build, and with such a large card pool, you have a lot of options when building your deck's sideboard, an assortment of 15 cards key to competitive play.


Modern is a wonderful playground for many players because the format card pool allows it to have one rule: Whatever you play, theres at least 1 deck out there that can beat it. This is not an assumption nor a criticism, it is simply a fact. Moderns balanced metagame and card pool allow players to come up with new brews that have the possibility of challenging the top decks in the format. Speaking of the top decks in the format, if you look them up, and play with them, youll note that all of the top tiered modern decks are well equipped against at least a few of the other popular decks. This inherent notion of Your deck cant beat everything can be grueling to some people, as they feel that cards such as Ensnaring Bridge and Blood Moon should be banned. The real reason for this is because people dont want to have a manabase full of fetchlands, and then proceed to not play Magic thanks to a turn 1 Blood Moon or something. However, cards like Blood Moon and Ensnaring Bridge are perfect examples of how Modern has the ability to keep a distinct balance thanks to its cardpool. When brewing, dont be discouraged just because your deck loses to something, because every deck has that same problem, thats what your sideboard is for.


When you have your deck assembled and ready to go, the next piece you need to figure out is your decks sideboard. The sideboard is like a helping hand that is designed to help players in games two and three of a match. The sideboard itself is composed of 15 cards at the maximum; and you swap out cards from your main and sideboards depending on what you are playing. For example, against decks such as Lantern Control or Ad Nausseum, creature based removal spells such as Fatal Push do not have a huge impact, because these decks play very few creatures, if they choose to cast them at all. However, a card like Stony Silence is excellent at slowing down both decks plan to kill you. If you follow this model and have Stony Silence in your sideboard, you can swap out your Fatal Pushs that do nothing, and replace them with Stony Silence a card that is far more effective. Sideboarding in general is there to turn your bad matchups into possible matchups, by giving you the cards you need to fight a particular deck or archetype. In addition to simply having a sideboard, choice is everything, as 15 cards adds up quick when you try to put 4 copies of a card in your sideboard. A good tactic here is to figure out what decks you need to sideboard against, and then picking cards that do more then just beat that one deck. For example, Shatterstorm is amazing against artifact decks like Affinity and Lantern Control, but does nothing against a deck like tron, meanwhile Stony Silence is effective against all 3 of those decks, making it a better choice overall if you can support it. Other good examples of this are Duress and Ratchet Bomb, cards that are effective in a wide variety of matchups that may be bad for your deck.

This is the third part of the Modern Brewer's Bible, more will be posted as I write it, feel free to give any comments regarding it.

Dabean27 says... #2

Side boarding is one of the hardest things for me I'm rather new to modern only finishing my first real deck about a year ago and that's infect and I have trouble on what to take out? Do I trump my pump spells for more spell pierce? Do I take become immense out?

May 2, 2017 9:30 a.m.

rothgar13 says... #3

This is good content - keep it up! I'd like to see you clean up the text a bit before posting, though. You have some minor spelling/grammar errors that a quick proofread could pick up.

May 2, 2017 9:32 a.m.

Sargeras says... #4


If you are looking for help on a list, I'd suggest you put it on tappedout, I can help you from there if you'd like.

May 2, 2017 1:38 p.m.

JakeHarlow says... #5

Very nice post.

May 2, 2017 1:49 p.m.

Sargeras says... #6


While there are some errors, I must mention that words such as they're and don't become theyre and dont because of how the forum format works.

May 2, 2017 5:24 p.m.

Dabean27 says... #7

My infect list is under my profile if you'd like to take a look

May 2, 2017 10:24 p.m.

Sargeras says... #8


You'll have to send me a direct URL

May 2, 2017 10:46 p.m.

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