How to use this resource:

First read this article about sideboarding. 80 Sideboard Options for Infect – Part One – How To

Search the page using CTRL + F to find either a specific sideboard card you would like info about, a deck or matchup you need to find cards for or a specific threat you need to answer. You can also search by colour and the list should be alphabetical.

Have fun!

 

Blue

Annul:

Answer to Umezawa’s Jitte, Chalice of the Void, Pithing Needle, LED, Sneak and Show, Blood Moon.
Example MUs: Eldrazi, Sneak and Show, Storm variants.

Dispel:

Answer to Lightning Bolt, Swords to Plowshares, Fatal Push, Force of Will, Brainstorm, Dark Ritual.
Example MUs: Delver variants, Storm.

Divert:

Answer to Force of Will, Hymn to Tourach, targeted removal.
Example MUs: Bug variants, Delver variants.

Echoing Truth:

Answer to Chalice of the Void, Thalia, Sanctum Prelate, blockers.
Example MUs: Eldrazi, Death and Taxes.

Force of Will:

Good to take a tempo advantage.
Example MUs: most MUs without discard where we can keep enough blue cards in.

Flusterstorm:

Good against removal, countermagic, Snapcaster Mage, Show and Tell, Natural Order, Infernal Tutor.
Example MUs: Most blue fair decks, most combo decks.

Hydroblast:

Answer to red removal, Young Pyromancer, Grim Lavamancer, Sneak Attack, Gamble.
Example MUs: Lands, Sneak and Show, Painter, URx Delver.

Invasive Surgery:

Answer to Natural Order, Infernal Tutor, Show and Tell.
Example MUs: Elves, Storm variants, Show and Tell variants.

Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy:

Provides a card quality engine. Good against discard.
Example MUs: UBx Delver, Esper.

Misdirection:

Answer to Force of Will, Hymn to Tourach, targeted removal.
Example MUs: Bug variants, Delver variants.

Monastery Siege:

Provides a card quality engine or protection.
Example MUs: UR Delver, Lands.

Piracy Charm:

Answer to Thalia, unflipped Delvers, increases blue count where needed.
Example MUs: Delver variants, Death and Taxes, Storm.

Pongify:

Answer to Thalia, Ethersworn Canonist, Grim Lavamancer, and to make monkeys.
Example MUs: Death and Taxes, UR Delver.

Spell Pierce:

Hits most control and combo spells.
Example MUs: Stoneblade, Delver variants, Storm variants, Show and Tell variants.

Spell Snare:

Answer to Chalice of the Void, Stoneforge Mystic, Counterbalance, Thalia, Infernal Tutor.
Example MUs: Death and Taxes, Storm, Aggro-Loam.

Stifle:

Answer to Tendrills of Agony, Wasteland. Provides tempo advantage when targetting fetchlands.
Was previously good against Miracles (Fetchlands, Terminus, Snapcaster Mage).
Example MUs: Delver variants, Storm, Bug variants.

Standstill:

Provides a card advantage engine.
Example MUs: Stoneblade, previously Miracles.

Submerge:

Answer to early Delver of Secrets, Deathrite Shaman.
Example MUs: Delver variants, Elves, Infect.

Teferi’s Response:

Answer to Wasteland, Rishadan Port. Good in grindy MUs where Inkmoth Nexus is good.
Example MUs: Death and Taxes, Lands, Bug variants, Stoneblade.

Tezzeret Gambit:

Proliferates to further shrink creatures which took Infect damage, or against Chalice of the void.
Example MUs: Eldrazi, Aggro-Loam.

Thing in the Ice:

Provides an alternative win-condition against creature-heavy decks.
Example MUs: Elves, Death and Taxes, Delver variants, Bug variants.

True-Name Nemesis:

Provides an alternative win-condition against Maze of Ith, Punishing Fire and multiple blockers.
Example MUs: Death and Taxes, Lands.

Vendillion Clique:

Provides an alternative win-condition and disruption against combo.
Example MUs: Show and Tell variants, Storm variants.

Wipe Away:

Answer to Chalice of the Void, Maze of Ith. Can hit untapped lands EOT to set-up kills on your turn.
Example MUs: Eldrazi, Lands.
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Green

Berserk:

Good against blockers and Baleful Strix. Good to be faster against decks with strong late game.
Example MUs: Death and Taxes, Bug variants, Elves, Goblins.

Blossoming Defence:

Good against targeted removal, Maze of Ith, Golgari Charm, Zealous Persecution.
Example MUs: most fair decks, Lands.

Birds of Paradise:

Good against mana denial strategies and aggressive decks with Daze.
Example MUs: Delver variants, Death and Taxes, Goblins.

Carrion Call:

Provides additional threats at instant speed, good against sorcery-speed removal.
Example MUs: Pox.

Carpet of Flowers:

Good against mana denial strategies and aggressive decks with Daze.
Example MUs: Delver variants.

City of Solitude:

Good against instant-speed removal on Inkmoth Nexus, Force of Will.
Example MUs: Bug variants, Stoneblade.

Crop Rotation:

Enables a land package in sideboard, while being able tutor for Inkmoth Nexus.
Example MUs: Lands, Reanimator, Sneak and Show, UR Delver.

Deathrite Shaman (green half):

Good against aggressive decks with Daze, Reanimation spells.
Example MUs: Delver variants, Reanimator, Goblins.

Deglamer:

Answer to Umezawa’s Jitte, Baleful Strix, Chalice of the Void, Pithing Needle, Blood Moon.
Example MUs: Death and Taxes, Bug variants, Painter, Eldrazi.

Ground Seal:

Answer to Deathrite Shaman, Reanimation Spells, Life from the Loam.
Example MUs: Bug control, Reanimator, Lands.

Krosan Grip:

Answer Umezawa’s Jitte, Ethersworn Canonist, Chalice of the Void, Pithing Needle, Baleful Strix.
Example MUs: Death and Taxes, Painter, Bug variants, Sneak and Show, Infect.

Nature’s Claim:

Answer to Umezawa’s Jitte, Ethersworn Canonist, Baleful Strix, Pithing Needle, Blood Moon.
Example MUs: Death and Taxes, Bug variants, Painter, Sneak and Show.

Reverent Silence:

Answer to Blood Moon, Sneak Attack, Counterbalance, Moat.
Example MUs: Painter, Sneak and Show.

Seal Primordium:

Answer to Umezawa’s Jitte, Baleful Strix, Chalice of the Void, Pithing Needle, Blood Moon.
Example MUs: Death and Taxes, Bug variants, Painter, Show and Tell variants.

Sylvan Library:

Good against discard, provides a card quality engine.
Example MUs: UBx Delver, Stoneblade Variants, Jund, Storm, Infect.

Sylvan Safekeeper (+ Green Sun’s Zenith):

Answer to targeted removal, Maze of Ith.
Example MUs: Bug variants, Lands.

Stonewood Invocation:

Good against slow blue decks with targeted removal.
Example MUs: Bug variants, Stoneblade Variants.

Tarmogoyf:

Provides an alternative win condition against Punishing Fire and Lightning Bolt, and a blocker.
Example MUs: URx Delver, Jund, Lands.

Vines of Vastwood:

Good against targeted removal, Maze of Ith, Invigorate.
Example MUs: most fair decks, Lands, Infect.

Viridian Corrupter:

Good against Umezawa’s Jitte, Ethersworn Canonist, Baleful Strix, Pithing Needle, -1/-1 effects.
Example MUs: Eldrazi, Death and Taxes, Bug variants, Painter.

Wall of Roots:

Good against mana denial strategies, and provides a blocker.
Example MUs: URx Delver, Death and Taxes.

Wild Defiance:

Answer to Punishing Fire, Bolt, and provides an additional threat (with Hierarch or Dryad Arbor).
Example MUs: UR Delver, Lands, Burn.

Colourless

Contagion Clasp:

Answer to Grim Lavamancer, Thalia, Mother of Runes. Provides a non-creature threat.
Example MUs: Elves, Death and Taxes, UR Delver, slow-control decks.

Cursed Totem:

Good against Wirewood Symbiote, Deathrite Shaman. Shuts down Noble Hierarch.
Example MUs: Elves, Deathblade.

Engineered Explosives:

Answer to Chalice of the Void, and multiple blockers.
Example MUs: Eldrazi, Elves, Death and Taxes, Aggro-Loam.

Dismember:

Answer to Thalia, Grim Lavamancer, Deathrite Shaman.
Example MUs: Death and Taxes, Delver variants, Infect.

Ensnaring Bridge:

Good against large creatures, Griselbrand, Emrakul, Marit Lage.
Example MUs: Eldrazi, Sneak and Show, Lands.

Grafdigger’s Cage:

Answer to Natural Order, Green Sun’s Zenith, Reanimation spells.
Example MUs: Elves, Reanimator.

Gut Shot:

Answer to Mother of Runes, Thalia, Young Pyromancer, Grim Lavamancer.
Example MUs: Death and Taxes, URx Delver, Infect, Goblins.

Ichorclaw Myr:

Upgrade to Glistener Elf against multiple blockers or Chalice of the Void.
Example MUs: Death and Taxes, Eldrazi, Elves, Goblins.

Leyline of Sanctity:

Good against Hymn to Tourach, Liliana of the Veil, Lava Spike.
Example MUs: Bug variants, Jund, Burn.

Leyline of the Void:

Answer to Punishing Fire, graveyard-based combo.
Example MUs: Lands, Reanimator.

Livewire Lash:

Provides reach against decks where attacking is difficult, e.g. with Maze of Ith, Ensnaring Bridge.
Example MUs: Lands, Painter.

Necropede:

Answer to Mother of Runes, Thalia, Young Pyromancer, Grim Lavamancer.
Example MUs: URx Delver, Death and Taxes.

Null Rod:

Answer to Umezawa’s Jitte, Aether Vial, LED, Lotus Petal, Goblin Charbelcher, Grindstone.
Example MUs: Death and Taxes, Storm variants, MUD, Painter.

Pithing Needle:

Answer to recursive threats like Umezawa’s Jitte, Maze of Ith, Grim Lavamancer, Izzet Staticaster. Also provides protection against Wasteland, Thespian Stage, Grindstone, Sneak Attack.
Example MUs: Death and Taxes, Lands, Stoneblade, Painter, URx Delver, Sneak and Show.

Relic of Progenitus:

Answer to Punishing Fire, graveyard-based combo, Deathrite Shaman, Tarmogoyf.
Example MUs: Lands, Reanimator, Bug variants.

Spellskite:

Answer to Punishing Fire, Maze of Ith, Grim Lavamancer, Lightning Bolt.
Example MUs: Lands, Aggro-loam, UR Delver, Infect, Jund, Burn, Goblins.

Surgical Extraction:

Answer to Punishing Fire, Life from the Loam and graveyard based combo.
Example MUs: Lands, Reanimator, Aggro-Loam.

Tormod’s Crypt:

Answer to Punishing Fire, Life from the Loam and graveyard based combo.
Example MUs: Lands, Reanimator, Aggro-Loam

Torpor Orb:

Good against Stoneforge Mystic, Snapcaster Mage, Flickerwisp.
Example MUs: UWx Stoneblade, Death and Taxes, Goblins.

Umezawa’s Jitte:

Good against Mother of Runes, Thalia, Young Pyromancer, Grim Lavamancer, Deathrite Shaman.
Example MUs: Death and Taxes, URx Delver, Infect, Elves, Burn, Goblins.

Lands

Bojuka Bog (with Crop Rotation):

Answer to Life from the Loam, Reanimate, Punishing Fire.
Example MUs: Lands, Reanimator.

Dryad Arbor (with or without Green Sun’s Zenith):

Provides an alternative win-condition, a blocker, and accelerates with GSZ.
Example MUs: Bug variants, Delver variants, Storm variants, Show and Tell variants.

Island:

Helps against Blood Moon, Ghost Quarter, Life from the Loam + Wasteland.
Example MUs: Painter, Goblins, Lands.

Karakas (usually with Crop Rotation):

Answer to Thalia, Griselbrand, Emrakul, Melira, Leovold.
Example MUs: Death and Taxes, Reanimator, Sneak and Show.

Pendelhaven (with or without Crop Rotation):

Answer to Punishing Fire, Grim Lavamancer. Good against blockers.
Example MUs: Lands, Elves, Death and Taxes, Delver variants, Aggro-Loam, Jund, Goblins.

Sejiri’s Steppe (with Crop Rotation):

Turns Crop Rotation into a protection spell against target removal, or provides evasion.
Example MUs: most fair decks.

Wasteland (usually with Crop Rotation):

Answer to Maze of Ith, Grove of the Burnwillows, Inkmoth Nexus.
Example MUs: Lands, Infect, Aggro-Loam.

Yamiyava Hollow (usually with Crop Rotation):

Answer to Abrupt Decay, Punishing Fire, Fatal Push, Lightning Bolt. Allows chump-blocking.
Example MUs: most fair decks.

White (with Savannah/Tundra)

Absolute Law:

Answer to Punishing Fire, Young Pyromancer, Grim Lavamancer, Lightning Bolt.
Example MUs: Lands, Delver variants, Jund, Burn, Goblins, Painter.

Containment Priest:

Answer to Natural Order, Green Sun’s Zenith, Reanimation spells, Show and Tell, Sneak Attack.
Example MUs: Elves, Reanimator, Sneak and Show.

Meddling Mage:

Forces combo decks to find an answer when it names Infernal Tutor, Natural Order, Show and Tell.
Example MUs: Storm, Elves, Show and Tell decks.

Mother of Runes:

Protects our creatures and give them evasion.
Example MUs: Delver variants, Bug variants.

Oblivion Ring:

Generic answer against permanent hate, good against Show and Tell.
Example MUs: Show and Tell decks.

Qasali Pridemage:

Answer to Umezawa’s Jitte, Baleful Strix, Chalice of the Void, Pithing Needle. More exaltation.
Example MUs: Death and Taxes, Bug variants, Painter.

Rest in Peace:

Answer to Punishing Fire, graveyard-based combo, Deathrite Shaman, Tarmogoyf.
Example MUs: Lands, Bug variants, Reanimator, Jund, Aggro-Loam

Silence, Orim’s Chant:

Good against instant-speed removal on Inkmoth Nexus, Force of Will.
Example MUs: Bug variants, Stoneblade, Storm.

Swords to Plowshares:

Answer to Thalia, Grim Lavamancer, Deathrite Shaman, Delver of Secrets.
Example MUs: Death and Taxes, Delver variants, Infect, Goblins.

Nicolas Genieis
Nic discovered Magic in 2009, and started playing Legacy shortly after. He has a few good finishes in the UK, in particular with his favorite Infect deck, winning back to back UK Legacy Champs in 2015 and 2016. He also made the Top 16 at Eternal Weekend EU 2016 and MKM Prague 2017.
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