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Current Death’s Shadow Sideboard: Card by Card

Sideboarding is one of Magic‘s trickier aspects, and I don’t pretend to have it down. That’s why I’m constantly experimenting with my sideboards and my sideboarding plans, even with decks I consider myself an “expert” on.

Recently, I’ve been running a singleton sideboard alongside my Grixis Death’s Shadow build, packing one each of fifteen different cards. This setup lets me experiment with a lot of different cards at once and flex my sideboard plan alongside my ever-changing local meta.

Below, I’ll walk you through my sideboard at the time of this writing, as well as some rationale for why each card found its place in my board. This isn’t an exhaustive Death’s Shadow sideboarding guide, but it should give you a good place to start from when tuning for your own local meta (where you’ll likely want to play more than one of some of these cards).

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Grixis Death’s Shadow in a Post-Jace World

In a world where Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Bloodbraid Elf are unbanned, one young Chandra Nalaar fan will attempt to keep an archetype afloat.”

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No pressure, Peezy.

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Modern Deck Tech – Grixis Death’s Shadow

I’ve been playing Grixis Shadow long enough now to have some thoughts on how the deck’s built, how it plays, and what tweaks I want to make. You know what that means:

It’s time for a deck tech. This beast is LONG, so let’s get to it.

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Matt Plays Modern – Shadow Run

Like I said last time, I’ve become part of the problem. I am a Shadow man.


Tournament reports are long and intros are boring. So let’s just hit it. Me and Grixis Shadow vs. the world: Round 1. Fight!

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Matt Plays Modern – Shadow Switcheroo

Somehow, a ton has changed in Modern since I last wrote about the format, just a month ago. The metagame is both incredibly stable and increasingly chaotic, as brewers and pros continue to spit out responses to the current top deck. Almost (ALMOST) anything seems viable these days…provided it has a plan to handle a bevy of Thoughtseizes, Pushes, and Shadows.

It’s been a wild ride from June to July. Let’s start back four weeks and work our way forward to today: the day I saw my own Shadow.


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