Sideboard Guide: Modern Bogles (3/19)

As we saw in the GP Tampa results, Bogles is a solid call in the Modern format at the moment. Yesterday’s article was a guide to putting the deck together and playing it but despite its linearity, you must consider the opposing strategy as well. Sideboarding without diluting the strategy too heavily is, in my opinion, the most difficult part of playing this deck. This guide will tell you exactly how to sideboard and what cards to watch out for against thirty Modern archetypes. This article will cover my list, reasoning, and top eight matchups but the full length, printer-friendly PDF is available to download here.

Lands (20)
1 Dryad Arbor
1 Forest
4 Horizon Canopy
1 Plains
4 Razorverge Thicket
3 Temple Garden
4 Windswept Heath
2 Wooded Foothills
Creatures (12)
4 Gladecover Scout
4 Kor Spiritdancer
4 Slippery Bogle
Spells (28)
1 Cartouche of Solidarity
4 Daybreak Coronet
4 Ethereal Armor
1 Gryff’s Boon
1 Hyena Umbra
2 Open the Armory
4 Path to Exile
4 Rancor
4 Spider Umbra
1 Spirit Link
2 Spirit Mantle
Sideboard (15)
1 Dromoka’s Command
3 Gaddock Teeg
4 Leyline of Sanctity
2 Rest in Peace
2 Seal of Primordium
2 Stony Silence
1 Wheel of Sun and Moon

The Build
As one would expect, my build is not much different than the recipe presented in yesterday’s article. The main points of interest are the flex slots. I have opted for the full playset of Path in the mainboard. This is mostly a nod to Thing in the Ice out of Izzet Phoenix as the matchup from their side comes down to Titi or bust. We actually want the full set of Path against most of the top decks right now. Leyline, on the other hand, is pretty medium right now as Burn is suppressed by Dredge and the top performing black deck, Shadow, rarely plays Liliana as more than a sideboard singleton.

The final flex slots have been given to Open the Armory. With Open in the deck you want to run a few singleton auras to maximize its utility. In the mainboard it is as simple as giving up one of the Hyena Umbras for a Cartouche and giving up a Gryff’s Boon for the Spirit Link. This allows Open to find wrath protection, edict protection, evasion, or lifegain/pseudo-removal at one mana. As explained in the deck guide, Link when placed on an opposing creature renders their attacks inert. Out of the board, the only Open target worth adding is Wheel of Sun and Moon; trust me I tore through Gatherer for a solid hour. Curse of Exhaustion is too slow. Quiet Disrepair has too much of a delay. Flickerform is too mana intensive. You actually could justify Gelid Shackles with snow lands but there are not enough Spellskite around to warrant it right now.

Regardless, Wheel is pretty great. There are a handful of matchups that utilize the graveyard as the game progresses but do not rely on it. In these matchups we cannot afford to dilute the deck with RiP but having Wheel as an Open target is an attractive prospect. Bonus points in that unlike RiP it limits the size of Crackling Drake. Apart from this very narrow upside it is a worse RiP that can be tutored with Open. Do not run it without Open and do not run Open without it. Apart from that, the sideboard is extremely stock.

Top 8 Matchups

-2 Open the Armory, -2 Path to Exile
+2 Seal of Primordium, +2 Stony Silence
Watch out for: Inkmoth Nexus

-1 Gryff’s Boon, -4 Path to Exile
+1 Dromoka’s Command, +4 Leyline of Sanctity
Watch out for: Ensnaring Bridge

-1 Gryff’s Boon, -2 Path to Exile
+2 Rest in Peace, +1 Wheel of Sun and Moon
Watch out for: Nature’s Claim

-1 Hyena Umbra
+1 Dromoka’s Command
Watch out for: Knight of Autumn

Izzet Phoenix
-1 Cartouche of Solidarity, -1 Hyena Umbra
+1 Dromoka’s Command, +1 Wheel of Sun and Moon
Watch out for: Thing in the Ice

On the Play: No Changes
On the Draw: -2 Path to Exile, -2 Rancor
+4 Leyline of Sanctity
Watch out for: Temur Battle Rage

UWx Control
-4 Path to Exile, -1 Spirit Link
+1 Dromoka’s Command, +3 Gaddock Teeg, +1 Wheel of Sun and Moon
Watch out for: Terminus

Whir Prison
-1 Cartouche of Solidarity, -1 Daybreak Coronet, -2 Kor Spiritdancer, –1 Spirit Link, -2 Path to Exile
+3 Gaddock Teeg, +2 Seal of Primordium, +2 Stony Silence
Watch out for: Ensnaring Bridge

Going Forward
Honestly, I do not have many ideas that I want to test out at the moment. It is a simple and linear deck so you can get punished for getting too cute with the list. I am proposing a change based solely on an annoying matchup, but we could use some help against Whir Prison. We literally cannot win with an Ensnaring Bridge in play and have only two  copies of Seal as outs to it. It is also difficult to win through Chalice of the Void. They also have Spellskite to disrupt our strategy and/or protect those annoying artifacts. On top of all of this, they have Welding Jars to regenerate any of them. This places a ton of pressure on our measly two Seals. It is possible that they, and perhaps Dromoka’s Command, should become copies of Unravel the Aether. This will not swing the matchup but it will make our odds of winning more realistic. Runed Halo is another option but its role is mostly covered by Leyline in this deck. I do have to test it to be sure of that though. Outside of that, I have been pleased with this list as of late and would not consider other changes at this time.

With this sideboard guide and yesterday’s deck guide, you should have everything you need to competently play Bogles in Modern. It is a blast to play and right now it is a quality choice for your next tournament. Were there any issues or points of confusion you found with the sideboard guide though? We would like to hear your thoughts 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 to close out the week with another take on Modern’s future. Until then my friends.

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