Anyone playing Pioneer on Magic Online recently has assuredly ran into the format's newest star, Niv-Mizzet Reborn.

It's the centerpiece of a Five-Color Bring to Light deck, which uses the spell to find the Dragon or many of the powerful silver bullet options that come along with it. After putting up a string of 5-0 finishes in Pioneer Preliminary events last week, it had a breakout weekend by taking up half of the Top 8 spots and three of the Top 4 in Sunday's Pioneer Challenge, announcing to the world that it's the real deal.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Niv-Mizzet Reborn by Mulldrifter

'Niv-Mizzet Reborn' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Mulldrifter

Event:

Rank:

Pioneer

Market Price: $311.38

Cards

Breeding Pool

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $18.70

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({T}: Add {G} or {U}.)
As Breeding Pool enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Surrak Dragonclaw

Color Identity:G,R,U

Market Price: $2.63

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Flash
This spell can't be countered.
Creature spells you control can't be countered.
Other creatures you control have trample.

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Opulent Palace

Color Identity:B,G,U

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Opulent Palace enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {B}, {G}, or {U}.

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Oath of Kaya

Color Identity:B,W

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When Oath of Kaya enters the battlefield, it deals 3 damage to any target and you gain 3 life.
Whenever an opponent attacks a planeswalker you control with one or more creatures, Oath of Kaya deals 2 damage to that player and you gain 2 life.

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Hostage Taker

Color Identity:B,U

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When Hostage Taker enters the battlefield, exile another target creature or artifact until Hostage Taker leaves the battlefield. You may cast that card for as long as it remains exiled, and you may spend mana as though it were mana of any type to cast that spell.

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Hinterland Harbor

Color Identity:G,U

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Hinterland Harbor enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Forest or an Island.
{T}: Add {G} or {U}.

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Watery Grave

Color Identity:B,U

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({T}: Add {U} or {B}.)
As Watery Grave enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves

Color Identity:G,W

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When Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves enters the battlefield, create Voja, Friend to Elves, a legendary 3/3 green and white Wolf creature token.
Whenever a Wolf enters the battlefield under your control, you gain 3 life and that creature fights up to one target creature you don't control.

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Deputy of Detention

Color Identity:U,W

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When Deputy of Detention enters the battlefield, exile target nonland permanent an opponent controls and all other nonland permanents that player controls with the same name as that permanent until Deputy of Detention leaves the battlefield.

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Botanical Sanctum

Color Identity:G,U

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Botanical Sanctum enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {G} or {U}.

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Vraska, Golgari Queen

Color Identity:B,G

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+2: You may sacrifice another permanent. If you do, you gain 1 life and draw a card.
−3: Destroy target nonland permanent with converted mana cost 3 or less.
−9: You get an emblem with "Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a player, that player loses the game."

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Rakdos's Return

Color Identity:B,R

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Rakdos's Return deals X damage to target opponent or planeswalker. That player or that planeswalker's controller discards X cards.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Temple Garden

Color Identity:G,W

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({T}: Add {G} or {W}.)
As Temple Garden enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Thought Erasure

Color Identity:B,U

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Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card.
Surveil 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put it into your graveyard.)

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Bring to Light

Color Identity:G,U

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Converge — Search your library for a creature, instant, or sorcery card with converted mana cost less than or equal to the number of colors of mana spent to cast this spell, exile that card, then shuffle your library. You may cast that card without paying its mana cost.

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Knight of Autumn

Color Identity:G,W

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When Knight of Autumn enters the battlefield, choose one —
• Put two +1/+1 counters on Knight of Autumn.
• Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
• You gain 4 life.

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Teferi, Time Raveler

Color Identity:U,W

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Each opponent can cast spells only any time they could cast a sorcery.
+1: Until your next turn, you may cast sorcery spells as though they had flash.
−3: Return up to one target artifact, creature, or enchantment to its owner's hand. Draw a card.

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Utter End

Color Identity:B,W

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Exile target nonland permanent.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Infernal Reckoning

Color Identity:B

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Exile target colorless creature. You gain life equal to its power.

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Thought Distortion

Color Identity:B

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This spell can't be countered.
Target opponent reveals their hand. Exile all noncreature, nonland cards from that player's hand and graveyard.

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Siege Rhino

Color Identity:B,G,W

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Trample
When Siege Rhino enters the battlefield, each opponent loses 3 life and you gain 3 life.

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Fabled Passage

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{T}, Sacrifice Fabled Passage: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library. Then if you control four or more lands, untap that land.

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Kaya, Orzhov Usurper

Color Identity:B,W

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+1: Exile up to two target cards from a single graveyard. You gain 2 life if at least one creature card was exiled this way.
−1: Exile target nonland permanent with converted mana cost 1 or less.
−5: Kaya, Orzhov Usurper deals damage to target player equal to the number of cards that player owns in exile and you gain that much life.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.14

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Cut // Ribbons

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $1.00

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Dreadbore

Color Identity:B,R

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Destroy target creature or planeswalker.

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Overgrown Tomb

Color Identity:B,G

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({T}: Add {B} or {G}.)
As Overgrown Tomb enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Woodland Cemetery

Color Identity:B,G

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Woodland Cemetery enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp or a Forest.
{T}: Add {B} or {G}.

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Abrupt Decay

Color Identity:B,G

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This spell can't be countered.
Destroy target nonland permanent with converted mana cost 3 or less.

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Discovery // Dispersal

Color Identity:B,U

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Questing Beast

Color Identity:G

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Vigilance, deathtouch, haste
Questing Beast can't be blocked by creatures with power 2 or less.
Combat damage that would be dealt by creatures you control can't be prevented.
Whenever Questing Beast deals combat damage to an opponent, it deals that much damage to target planeswalker that player controls.

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Sylvan Caryatid

Color Identity:G

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Defender, hexproof
{T}: Add one mana of any color.

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Sandsteppe Citadel

Color Identity:B,G,W

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Sandsteppe Citadel enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {W}, {B}, or {G}.

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Niv-Mizzet Reborn

Color Identity:B,G,R,U,W

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Flying
When Niv-Mizzet Reborn enters the battlefield, reveal the top ten cards of your library. For each color pair, choose a card that's exactly those colors from among them. Put the chosen cards into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Sacred Foundry

Color Identity:R,W

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({T}: Add {R} or {W}.)
As Sacred Foundry enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Blood Crypt

Color Identity:B,R

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({T}: Add {B} or {R}.)
As Blood Crypt enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Supreme Verdict

Color Identity:U,W

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This spell can't be countered.
Destroy all creatures.

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Steam Vents

Color Identity:R,U

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({T}: Add {U} or {R}.)
As Steam Vents enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Kolaghan's Command

Color Identity:B,R

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Choose two —
• Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
• Target player discards a card.
• Destroy target artifact.
• Kolaghan's Command deals 2 damage to any target.

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Hydroid Krasis

Color Identity:G,U

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When you cast this spell, you gain half X life and draw half X cards. Round down each time.
Flying, trample
Hydroid Krasis enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.

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Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Godless Shrine

Color Identity:B,W

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({T}: Add {W} or {B}.)
As Godless Shrine enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Rest in Peace

Color Identity:W

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When Rest in Peace enters the battlefield, exile all cards from all graveyards.
If a card or token would be put into a graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

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Stomping Ground

Color Identity:G,R

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({T}: Add {R} or {G}.)
As Stomping Ground enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Scattered Groves

Color Identity:G,W

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({T}: Add {G} or {W}.)
Scattered Groves enters the battlefield tapped.
Cycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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The idea of combining Bring to Light with Niv-Mizzet Reborn is not new. They can actually be found together in decklists as far back as the very first week of the format's existence, because the idea traces its roots back to Modern, where this natural pairing started appearing soon after Niv-Mizzet Reborn was printed. It has, however, taken time to refine the deck in Pioneer, where it has also benefited greatly from multiple rounds of bannings. These slowly but surely made the metagame more fair and more favorable to the strategy, leading to its breakout as one of Pioneer's top decks. It's well suited for battling the current metagame, which is defined by mono-color aggressive decks including Black Aggro, Vampires, Red Aggro, the more midrange "Chonky Red" Big Red variant, and the Green Devotion Aggro deck.

Ultimately this is a fair, control-leaning midrange strategy, using the old-fashioned game plan of lots of disruption to stop what opponents are doing, backed by card advantage to grind them down. It's a similar plan to a deck like Jund, with Niv-Mizzet Reborn filling in as something like a super-charged Bloodbraid Elf. The deck is carefully designed with a balance of cards across all the guilds, so the effect can be counted on to provide multiple cards. With Bring to Light as a potential hit, Niv-Mizzet will often chain right into the ability to find another copy and provide more cards than one could ever need. Helping to buy time to use them, Niv-Mizzet's massive body shuts down almost any threat as a blocker before it turns the tables as an evasive threat.

Niv-Mizzet Reborn offers much more value than Bloodbraid Elf, but it lacks the tempo boost of casting a free spell that made it so devastating. Along with its lack of a cheap threat like Tarmogoyf, the deck actually plays out closer to something like Azorius Control, complete with the sweeper potential of Supreme Verdict.

Sylvan Caryatid fills in as the deck's signature early play to accelerate into its powerful tools, and as a critical mana fixer. It's surprisingly effective as a blocker in this metagame, stopping any of the 2 power threats in Mono-Black Aggro and particularly Mutavault, which is otherwise a nuisance for a deck that relies on removal spells that can't hit it.

Also in the two-mana spot is Discovery // Dispersal, which seemed weak to me when first looking at the decklist but has played out very well for helping to smooth draws into the midgame. As a hybrid spell it's easy to cast, and can help smooth mana or dig for action. The Dispersal side is also a legitimate option, and much to my surprise, one I used to very good effect twice in my first five matches with the deck.

The deck also takes a page from Azorius Control with Teferi, Time Raveler—a full playset revealing it to be a key part of the strategy. It's a strong tempo play that like Sylvan Caryatid helps bridge the deck into the late game that it's set up to win with its haymakers. The ability to play Bring to Light at instant speed can be quite powerful, and the planeswalker even comes with a bit of added utility with its potential to bounce Niv-Mizzet Reborn to be replayed for extra value. Teferi, Time Raveler is also very effective against other control decks, which as a relatively clunky midrange deck full of creature removal for the aggressive metagame, this deck is not particularly set up to beat. By turning off their countermagic, Teferi opens the door to resolve Bring to Light for Niv-Mizzet Reborn, which can provide the card advantage necessary to power through the matchup. Teferi, Time Raveler also happens to be the most important card in the mirror match, where its static ability prevents the opponent from actually casting anything found by Bring to Light.

Beyond these core cards, the deck is littered with support cards and silver bullet one-of's to be found by Bring to Light and to offer a selection of hits for Niv-Mizzet Reborn. The bulk of this is dedicated to removal spells, which are the most effective forms of disruption against this aggressive metagame, and make up for the maindeck's lack of either discard or countermagic (which define Jund and Azorius Control, respectively). By playing a wide variety of removal, most of which will deal with any creature, it's able to fit in access to extra utility.

Abrupt Decay can answer a wide range of problems, with Ensoul Artifact enchanting an indestructible Darksteel Citadel and opposing Teferi, Time Raveler as prime examples. Oath of Kaya provides lifegain, plays well against planeswalkers, and can be bounced by Teferi, Time Raveler. Cut // Ribbons drew my attention when I first saw the deck for feeling unnecessary, but after playing the deck I was surprised by just how often it helped me win games. This deck is comprised almost entirely of disruption and card advantage elements, and doesn't really have any dedicated win conditions beyond Niv-Mizzet Reborn itself, so having a couple of finishing Blaze effects goes a long way. It's helped along by Siege Rhino, which stands out as one of the very few cards that can't be hit by Niv-Mizzet Reborn, but is a great Bring to Light option and all-around card in this strategy and metagame.

The addition of this general-purpose threat also helps against the matchups this strategy is not well suited for beating, like Mono-Green Ramp and Lotus Storm. These decks are mostly immune to creature removal, and will easily overpower a midrange deck if not disrupted. A five-color deck with access to just about anything in Pioneer should have tools at its disposal to help these matchups, and in fact they can be found in one evolution of the deck this week. The first 5-0 finishes last week that helped popularize the deck were in the digital hands of player Mulldrifter, who followed up as one of the Top 4 finishes in the Challenge, and their updated list is designed to make it more well-rounded.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Niv-Mizzet Reborn by Mulldrifter

'Niv-Mizzet Reborn' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Mulldrifter

Event:

Rank:

Pioneer

Market Price: $306.46

Cards

Unmoored Ego

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.21

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Choose a card name. Search target opponent's graveyard, hand, and library for up to four cards with that name and exile them. That player shuffles their library, then draws a card for each card exiled from their hand this way.

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Steam Vents

Color Identity:R,U

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({T}: Add {U} or {R}.)
As Steam Vents enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Hinterland Harbor

Color Identity:G,U

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Hinterland Harbor enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Forest or an Island.
{T}: Add {G} or {U}.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.11

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.08

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This spell costs {2} less to cast if it targets a blue spell.
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Rest in Peace

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $6.33

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When Rest in Peace enters the battlefield, exile all cards from all graveyards.
If a card or token would be put into a graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

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Watery Grave

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $9.41

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({T}: Add {U} or {B}.)
As Watery Grave enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Thought Distortion

Color Identity:B

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This spell can't be countered.
Target opponent reveals their hand. Exile all noncreature, nonland cards from that player's hand and graveyard.

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Temple Garden

Color Identity:G,W

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({T}: Add {G} or {W}.)
As Temple Garden enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.14

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Rakdos's Return

Color Identity:B,R

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Rakdos's Return deals X damage to target opponent or planeswalker. That player or that planeswalker's controller discards X cards.

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Sacred Foundry

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $12.43

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({T}: Add {R} or {W}.)
As Sacred Foundry enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Surrak Dragonclaw

Color Identity:G,R,U

Market Price: $2.63

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Flash
This spell can't be countered.
Creature spells you control can't be countered.
Other creatures you control have trample.

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Blood Baron of Vizkopa

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $0.38

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Lifelink, protection from white and from black
As long as you have 30 or more life and an opponent has 10 or less life, Blood Baron of Vizkopa gets +6/+6 and has flying.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Frontier Bivouac

Color Identity:G,R,U

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Frontier Bivouac enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {G}, {U}, or {R}.

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Sylvan Caryatid

Color Identity:G

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Defender, hexproof
{T}: Add one mana of any color.

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Questing Beast

Color Identity:G

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Vigilance, deathtouch, haste
Questing Beast can't be blocked by creatures with power 2 or less.
Combat damage that would be dealt by creatures you control can't be prevented.
Whenever Questing Beast deals combat damage to an opponent, it deals that much damage to target planeswalker that player controls.

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Teferi, Time Raveler

Color Identity:U,W

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Each opponent can cast spells only any time they could cast a sorcery.
+1: Until your next turn, you may cast sorcery spells as though they had flash.
−3: Return up to one target artifact, creature, or enchantment to its owner's hand. Draw a card.

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Oath of Kaya

Color Identity:B,W

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When Oath of Kaya enters the battlefield, it deals 3 damage to any target and you gain 3 life.
Whenever an opponent attacks a planeswalker you control with one or more creatures, Oath of Kaya deals 2 damage to that player and you gain 2 life.

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Dreadbore

Color Identity:B,R

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Destroy target creature or planeswalker.

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Utter End

Color Identity:B,W

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Exile target nonland permanent.

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Niv-Mizzet Reborn

Color Identity:B,G,R,U,W

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Flying
When Niv-Mizzet Reborn enters the battlefield, reveal the top ten cards of your library. For each color pair, choose a card that's exactly those colors from among them. Put the chosen cards into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Supreme Verdict

Color Identity:U,W

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This spell can't be countered.
Destroy all creatures.

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Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves

Color Identity:G,W

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When Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves enters the battlefield, create Voja, Friend to Elves, a legendary 3/3 green and white Wolf creature token.
Whenever a Wolf enters the battlefield under your control, you gain 3 life and that creature fights up to one target creature you don't control.

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Stomping Ground

Color Identity:G,R

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({T}: Add {R} or {G}.)
As Stomping Ground enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Overgrown Tomb

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $8.44

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({T}: Add {B} or {G}.)
As Overgrown Tomb enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Kolaghan's Command

Color Identity:B,R

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Choose two —
• Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
• Target player discards a card.
• Destroy target artifact.
• Kolaghan's Command deals 2 damage to any target.

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Thought Erasure

Color Identity:B,U

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Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card.
Surveil 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put it into your graveyard.)

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Fabled Passage

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{T}, Sacrifice Fabled Passage: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library. Then if you control four or more lands, untap that land.

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Bring to Light

Color Identity:G,U

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Converge — Search your library for a creature, instant, or sorcery card with converted mana cost less than or equal to the number of colors of mana spent to cast this spell, exile that card, then shuffle your library. You may cast that card without paying its mana cost.

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Solar Blaze

Color Identity:R,W

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Each creature deals damage to itself equal to its power.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.15

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Botanical Sanctum

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $2.83

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Botanical Sanctum enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {G} or {U}.

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Godless Shrine

Color Identity:B,W

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({T}: Add {W} or {B}.)
As Godless Shrine enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Hostage Taker

Color Identity:B,U

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When Hostage Taker enters the battlefield, exile another target creature or artifact until Hostage Taker leaves the battlefield. You may cast that card for as long as it remains exiled, and you may spend mana as though it were mana of any type to cast that spell.

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Sandsteppe Citadel

Color Identity:B,G,W

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Sandsteppe Citadel enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {W}, {B}, or {G}.

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Cut // Ribbons

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $1.00

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Scattered Groves

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $2.19

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({T}: Add {G} or {W}.)
Scattered Groves enters the battlefield tapped.
Cycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Siege Rhino

Color Identity:B,G,W

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Trample
When Siege Rhino enters the battlefield, each opponent loses 3 life and you gain 3 life.

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Woodland Cemetery

Color Identity:B,G

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Woodland Cemetery enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp or a Forest.
{T}: Add {B} or {G}.

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Abrupt Decay

Color Identity:B,G

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This spell can't be countered.
Destroy target nonland permanent with converted mana cost 3 or less.

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Infernal Reckoning

Color Identity:B

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Exile target colorless creature. You gain life equal to its power.

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Blood Crypt

Color Identity:B,R

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({T}: Add {B} or {R}.)
As Blood Crypt enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Discovery // Dispersal

Color Identity:B,U

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Breeding Pool

Color Identity:G,U

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({T}: Add {G} or {U}.)
As Breeding Pool enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Unmoored Ego stands out as a critical maindeck addition and tool against these more powerful, relatively unfair decks like Green Ramp and Lotus Storm. The ability to strip an opponent's deck of a key card can be game-winning, and it's tutorable by Bring to Light and is a Niv-Mizzet Reborn hit. The list goes further with the inclusion of a second maindeck Questing Beast, which were previously found in the sideboard. Replacing slower and grind-focused cards with a threat helps give the deck the tools to win these tough matchups. It's also another way to answer troublesome planeswalkers, including the all-important task of taking down Teferi, Time Raveler to clear the way for Bring to Light. Moving it maindeck also opens up sideboard space for more powerful cards, to which the deck has essentially unlimited access.

The sideboard is particularly important for beating the tougher matchups, so it's focused on high-powered disruption and hosers for these problem matchups. Thought Erasure provides a Niv-Mizzet Reborn-friendly discard option, and with surveil provides a nice bit of value that makes it more valuable than Thoughtseize. Rakdos's Return is an old favorite from Standard and a huge play against just about any non-aggressive opponents. Interestingly, the latest version of the deck includes a copy of Thought Distortion over the second copy. I suppose it makes more sense as a better card against control decks when drawn, and it's also a graveyard hoser.

Mystical Dispute is an especially astute addition to the sideboard because of how effective it is in the mirror match. It's a clean answer to Teferi, Time Raveler, along with Bring to Light and Niv-Mizzet Reborn itself, so it's hard to imagine a better card for the matchup.

With so many tools at its disposal, and the deck still so new to the metagame, there's no consensus on the exact list to play, which has led to a wide range of cards showing up in both maindecks and sideboards. This ability to play almost anything is a big strength of the deck, and gives it access to the tools to deal with an ever-shifting metagame.

Rounding out this iteration of the deck's toolbox is Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves. It's useful for helping to catch up from behind or cementing a favorable battlefield position, and is a key option for situations where the raw cards provided by Niv-Mizzet Reborn aren't what's needed. Hostage Taker offers a nice split between immediate battlefield impact and potential value later, so it's another staple.

An intriguing piece of tech form the Challenge finalist list is Silumgar's Command, which offers its own powerful form of immediate impact and value. It's useful as a clean answer to a planeswalker as a much stronger Bring to Light option than Dreadbore, because it comes with the ability to also take down a small creature or bounce a troublesome permanent. This bounce ability might also be useful for getting more value from one of the deck's own cards, so it seems like a nice fit.

A new piece of sideboard tech is Blood Baron of Vizkopa, which is a nightmare for Mono-Black decks and one that's worth much more than the space it takes up. Having played against and instantly lost to this from the Mono-Black side with no way to realistically beat it, it's a card I wouldn't consider playing this deck without. As a lifegain card it's also a generally strong option against all variety of aggressive deck, so this does a fine job against green aggro and red decks.

Against the control side of the metagame, the deck can turn to Surrak Dragonclaw. While a nice toolbox option, I don't imagine it will often be found by Bring to Light very often since Niv-Mizzet Reborn will be better, but it gives the deck a strong uncounterable threat when drawn, and sets the stage for casting uncounterable Niv-Mizzet Reborn. It's common practice to fit a large uncounterable and often unkillable threat in the sideboard of control decks for control mirrors, and this fills a similar role while being well suited for the plan of the deck.

Solar Blaze plays out a lot like Supreme Verdict against most creatures, but it doesn't kill Sylvan Caryatid or Siege Rhino, which makes it a superior option here in many situations. It's a smart sideboard upgrade that replaces Supreme Verdict and I imagine will rarely feel worse.

Here's a run down of other fun-of one-of's for Bring to Light that appeared in winning sideboards this week:

Sideboard Guide

This deck is very tunable and will constantly evolve with the metagame, but at this point I'm confident in Mulldrifter's latest build of the deck, and have put together a sideboard guide for navigating Pioneer's most important matchups. The concepts should apply no matter the exact 75 brought to battle.

Vs. Mono-Black/Mono-Red Aggro

Vs. Mono-Green Aggro

The mono-color aggressive matchups are what this deck is designed to beat, and as such they don't require much help from the sideboard.

Vs. Izzet Ensoul

Vs. Mono-Green Ramp

Vs. Soulflayer

Vs. Azorius Control

Vs. Niv-Mizzet Reborn (Mirror)