5 Traps to Avoid When Building a Sideboard - PVDDR

5 Traps to Avoid When Building a Sideboard

Sideboarding is one of the most important skills in Magic, but how do you even construct a sideboard? PVDDR is here this week to help you avoid the most common pitfalls when building a sideboard so you can boost your win rate up with ease!

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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Paulo Vitor "PVDDR" Damo da Rosa has been a professional Magic: the Gathering player and writer for over 20 years. He was Player of the Year in 2017, World Champion in 2020, and is tied for most Top Finishes in history with 17. He will play whichever decks he thinks are the best, but his favorite style is aggro-control. Other than Magic, PV is also a fan of watching TV shows, reading fantasy novels and playing several other games such as Bridge, LoL, TFT, Storybook Brawl, Baldur's Gate 2 and Diablo 2.

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