Sideboard Guide: Grixis Shadow (3/19)

Bronze Pro and Grand Prix Champion Ben Jones returns to give us an updated and expanded version of his previous sideboard guide. To keep up with his updates more closely, make sure to follow him on Twitter and Twitch.  If you are looking to pick the deck up or get inside knowledge on how to beat it, you do not want to miss this.

Decklist
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Matchups
Ad Nauseam
-4 Fatal Push, -2 Dismember
+2 Surgical Extraction, +1 Liliana of the Veil, +2 Disdainful Stroke, +1 Ceremonious Rejection

Affinity
-4 Stubborn Denial, -2 Street Wraith, -1 Thoughtseize
+2 Lightning Bolt, +1 Liliana the Last Hope, +1 Anger of the Gods, +1 Shatterstorm, +1 Collective Brutality, +1 Ceremonious Rejection

Amulet Titan
-3 Snapcaster Mage, -1 Fatal Push
+2 Lightning Bolt, +2 Disdainful Stroke

Bant Spirits
-2 Temur Battle Rage, -2 Stubborn Denial, -1 Street Wraith, -1 Faithless Looting
+2 Lightning Bolt, +1 Liliana the Last Hope, +1 Anger of the Gods, +1 Collective Brutality, +1 Liliana of the Veil

Bogles
-2 Fatal Push, -2 Snapcaster Mage
+2 Lightning Bolt, +1 Liliana of the Veil, +1 Anger of the gods

Burn
-2 Dismember, -2 Street Wraith
+2 Lightning Bolt, +1 Liliana of the Veil, +1 Collective Brutality

Dredge
Play: -4 Fatal Push, -2 Dismember
Draw: -4 Fatal Push, -2 Thoughtseize
+3 Surgical Extraction, +1 Anger of the Gods, +2 Lightning Bolt
Note: Surgical normally goes for Dredge cards but it is game dependent.

GBx Midrange
-2 Temur Battle Rage, -1 Thoughtseize, -1 Stubborn Denial, -1 Street Wraith
+2 Lightning Bolt, +1 Liliana of the Veil, +1 Jace Vryns Prodigy, +1 Liliana the Last Hope Note: You should choose to be on the draw in this matchup

Grixis Shadow
-2 Temur Battle Rage, -1 Stubborn Denial
+1 Liliana of the Veil, +1 Jace Vryns Prodigy, +1 Liliana the Last Hope *Choose to draw

Hardened Scales
-4 Stubborn Denial, -2 Street Wraith, -1 Thoughtseize
+2 Lightning Bolt, +1 Liliana the Last Hope, +1 Anger of the Gods, +1 Shatterstorm, +1 Collective Brutality, +1 Ceremonious Rejection

Hollow One
-2 Fatal Push, -1 Stubborn Denial
+1 Anger of the Gods, +2 Lightning Bolt

Humans
-4 Stubborn Denial, -1 Street Wraith, -1 Faithless Looting
+2 Lightning Bolt, +1 Liliana the Last Hope, +1 Anger of the Gods, +1 Collective Brutality, +1 Liliana of the Veil

Infect
-4 Stubborn Denial, -1 Street Wraith, -1 Faithless Looting
+2 Lightning Bolt, +1 Liliana the Last Hope, +1 Anger of the Gods, +1 Collective Brutality, +1 Liliana of the Veil

Izzet Phoenix
-2 Temur Battle Rage, -2 Snapcaster Mage
+3 Surgical Extraction, +1 Liliana of the Veil

Jeskai Control
-3 Fatal Push, -2 Temur Battle Rage
+2 Disdainful Stroke, +1 Liliana of the Veil, +1 Liliana the Last Hope, +1 Jace Vryn’s Prodigy

Mardu Pyromancer
-4 Fatal Push, -2 Dismember
+2 Lightning Bolt, +1 Anger of the Gods, +1 Jace Vryns Prodigy, +1 Liliana the Last Hope, +1 Collective Brutality

Mono-Red Phoenix
-4 Street Wraith, -2 Dismember
+3 Surgical Extraction, +2 Lightning Bolt, +1 Collective Brutality

Storm
-2 Dismember, -1 Snapcaster Mage, -1 Faithless Looting
+1 Liliana of the Veil, +2 Lightning Bolt, +1 Anger of the Gods

Suicide Zoo
-2 Temur Battle Rage, -2 Stubborn Denial
+2 Lightning Bolt, +1 Liliana of the Veil, +1 Jace Vryn’s Prodigy

Titanshift
-4 Fatal Push, -2 Dismember
+2 Disdainful Stroke, +1 Alpine Moon, +1 Liliana of the Veil, +2 Lightning Bolt

Tron
-4 Fatal Push, -2 Dismember
+2 Disdainful Stroke, +1 Alpine Moon, +1 Ceremonious Rejection, +2 Lightning Bolt

UW Miracles
-3 Fatal Push, -2 Temur Battle Rage
+2 Disdainful Stroke, +1 Liliana of the Veil, +1 Liliana the Last Hope, +1 Jace Vryns Prodigy

Whir Prison
-4 Fatal Push, -2 Dismember
+1 Shatterstorm, +1 Liliana of the Veil, +1 Jace Vryns Prodigy, +1 Ceremonious Rejection, +2 Surgical Extraction

Wrap-Up
Grixis Shadow is one of the best decks in Modern right now and few are able to play it at the level that Ben can. We hope that with his list and guide you can cast a Shadow over your next tournament. One update that he has recently recommended is swapping Serum Visions for Sleight of Hand. We would like to hear what you think about this swap in our discussion group. Or if you would like to take a swing at writing content for the site you can contact us directly here. We will be back tomorrow taking a hard look at the potential of Green Sun’s Zenith in the Modern format. Until then my friends.

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