Using your Side Deck

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  1. Nemesis Scourge

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    Hey guys!

    I went through my Deck lists in OCTGN lately and realized I have no Side Deck for up to 80% of my old decks.

    I started building Side Decks once Wave 3 and 4 were implemented into the client, especially after the game introduced Micromasters and Battlemasters, as well as Secret Actions.

    Still, I believe I don't really get the hang of it.

    How do you approach building your Side Deck? Do you just focus on your own strategy or do you have the meta in mind?
     
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    I build mine based on flaws in my deck when playing. I go in and see what I have no chance to counter against and put cards in it that will help.

    For instance I played my Springer deck against an Overwhelming Advantage Shockwave deck. I ended up adding System Reboot to my sideboard to make sure my opponent had to scrap his hand to not pull off the play
     
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    Agreed, there's 2 general strategies with a side deck, either shoring up your decklist against problematic matchups, or transforming your deck to perform differently. Both are valid. Right now most side decks I have include x2 Disarms and atleast x2 Hijacks to deal with Galaxy Commander Prime and the Daring Escape Deck. My character choice for the sideboard is generally transformative (going from a 4 wide to a 2 wide, or a 3 wide to a "1" wide) and then sideboard cards to either facilitate the transformation or answer other threats.
     
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    Ref the transformative part of sideboarding, when play testing you will want to practice playing the deck in its sideboarded version as well as main version. For example, when I played in that local SR tourney that I had plugged here, I went from playing General Optimus Prime, Barrage & Firedrive to playing the General & OPBL without understanding how the deck played differently and the difference in matchups with me going from 3 wide to 2 wide.
     
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  5. Nemesis Scourge

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    After going through some of my older Side Decks and comparing them to newer ones I start to see a trend on the way I personally approach these things.

    - In an Orange/Bolt aggressive deck I often put Bashing Shield and Enforcement Batons in
    - In a Blue (well most of them are Blue-Black) I put "The Bigger They Are" into the Main Deck, while "Heavy-Handed" chills in the Side Deck

    I also integrate more and more Secret Actions. I like to switch these around in between games just to toy around with my opponent.