I’ve written about sideboarding in Magic: The Gathering before, but back then, my focus was usually on how to sideboard - it included tips such as sideboard differently on the play and on the draw, sideboarding in Limited, sideboarding differently versus different opponents, and so on.
Today I’m going to talk about pitfalls you might run into while actually building a sideboard. Obviously both concepts are intertwined, you need to have an idea of how you’re going to sideboard before you build your sideboard, but the traps we’ll be talking about are more focused on the building aspect of it.
#1: Focusing too much on improving bad matchups and not enough on making good matchups better
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In Magic, there’s a widespread notion that sideboarding is meant to shore up your weaknesses - it’s seen as a tool to fix your bad matchups. While this is a possible function of it, it’s important to note that the sideboard’s function in the end is still to give you the highest possible win rate, whether that’s by improving your bad matchups or by making your...
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