Sideboard Guide: Grixis Shadow (5/19)

While it may have not had the best showing at MC London, Grixis Shadow has been one of the top deck for the past couple months. Bronze Pro and Grand Prix Champion Ben Jones is sticking to his Gurmags and is back with a new list. He has put in more reps with Grixis Shadow than just about anyone out there and he is here to share his experience with us. If you want to keep up with him and see the deck in action he is active on both Twitter and Twitch. You can compare it to his previous list and guide here.

Decklist
Lands (17)
2 Blood Crypt
4 Bloodstained Mire
1 Island
4 Polluted Delta
2 Scalding Tarn
1 Steam Vents
1 Swamp
2 Watery Grave
Creatures (17)
4 Gurmag Angler
4 Death’s Shadow
2 Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
3 Snapcaster Mage
4 Street Wraith
Spells (26)
4 Mishra’s Bauble
4 Thought Scour
4 Stubborn Denial
4 Fatal Push
2 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Thoughtseize
2 Temur Battle Rage
2 Dismember
Sideboard (15)
2 Abrade
1 Alpine Moon
2 Disdainful Stroke
1 Engineered Explosives
2 Kolaghan’s Command
2 Liliana, the Last Hope
2 Ravenous Trap
1 Spell Snare
2 Surgical Extraction

Matchups

Ad Nauseam

-4 Fatal Push, -2 Temur Battle Rage
+2 Abrade, +2 Disdainful Stroke, +2 Kolaghan’s Command

Affinity
-1 Gurmag Angler, 2 Street Wraith, -4 Stubborn Denial, -1 Thoughtseize
+2 Abrade, +1 Engineered Explosives, +2 Kolaghan’s Command, +2 Liliana the Last Hope, +1 Spell Snare

Amulet
-4 Fatal Push, -2 Dismember
+2 Abrade, +2 Disdainful Stroke, +2 Kolaghan’s Command

BG Midrange
-2 Temur Battle Rage, -3 Stubborn Denial
+2 Kolaghan’s Command, +2 Liliana the Last Hope, +1 Spell Snare

Burn
-2 Dismember, -1 Jace Vryn’s Prodigy, -2 Street Wraith
+2 Abrade, +2 Kolaghan’s Command, +1 Spell Snare

Counters Company
-1 Street Wraith, 4 Stubborn Denial, -2 Temur Battle Rage
+2 Abrade, +2 Kolaghan’s Command, +2 Liliana the Last Hope, +1 Spell Snare

Dredge

-4 Fatal Push
-2 Ravenous Trap, -2 Surgical Extraction

Grixis Shadow
-2 Temur Battle Rage, -2 Stubborn Denial
+2 Kolaghan’s Command, +2 Liliana the Last Hope

Humans
-1 Gurmag Angler, -2 Street Wraith, -4 Stubborn Denial
+2 Abrade, +1 Engineered Explosives, +2 Kolaghan’s Command, +2 Liliana the Last Hope

Izzet Phoenix
-2 Jace Vryn’s Prodigy, -3 Street Wraith
+2 Ravenous Trap, +1 Spell Snare, +2 Surgical Extraction

Storm
-2 Jace Vryn’s Prodigy
+1 Engineered Explosives, +1 Spell Snare

Titanshift
-4 Fatal Push
+2 Disdainful Stroke, +1 Alpine Moon, +1 Spell Snare

Tron Gx
-2 Dismember, -4 Fatal Push, -1 Jace Vryn’s Prodigy
+1 Alpine Moon, +2 Abrade, +2 Disdainful Stroke, +2 Kolaghan’s Command

Tron U
-2 Dismember, -4 Fatal Push, -1 Temur Battle Rage
+1 Alpine Moon, +2 Abrade, +2 Disdainful Stroke, +2 Kolaghan’s Command

UW Control
-4 Fatal Push, -2 Temur Battle Rage
+2 Disdainful Stroke, +2 Kolaghan’s Command, +2 Liliana the Last Hope

Whir Prison
-4 Fatal Push, -1 Temur Battle Rage
+2 Abrade, +1 Engineered Explosives, +2 Kolaghan’s Command

Wrap-Up
The sideboard should always be adjusted before a large tournament but I do believe that this maindeck adequately covers all of the current top decks. I do think that I would appreciate another Alpine Moon over the Snare or Explosives in the board though. How does your list compare? Have you come around on Baby Jace yet? Share your list and ideas with us 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 with a detailed look at the Allosaurus Evolution deck that is garnering much attention at the moment. Until then my friends.

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