Modern Deck of the Week: Five-Color Bring to Light

Every Thursday Insight is taking a quick look at one of the top-performing, most peculiar, or simply sweetest Modern decks among recent results. There are so many five-color decks in Modern, but they usually focus on generating value. Let's explore a more combo-oriented take on the archetype.

Bring to Light is basically a five-mana tutor that allows you to immediately play the card. There are a few cards that you play as singletons purely for the fact that you can always find them with any of the deck's four Bring to Light. Supreme Verdict is your reset button that is very useful when you are threatened by several creatures, for example against Crashing Footfalls, Living End, or generic go-wide strategies like Elves. Valki, God of Lies // Tibalt, Cosmic Impostor is likewise an excellent tutor target due to the rules interaction at play. If you find Valki with Bring to Light, you can actually play its back half.

Scapeshift is arguably the most important singleton in the deck, basically a one-card win. You sacrifice lands, find Mountains and Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle, and shoot the opponent down in a single turn. The most common pattern is to sacrifice seven lands and find six Mountains plus one Valakut, which yields 18 damage. However, if you have more lands, you can go for combinations including more Mountains or additional copies of Valakut. What may complicate matters is that this five-colored deck can only afford to run nine lands that are Mountains, some of which you may have needed to fetch earlier. But even if you can't go for lethal, there is always the option to shoot down the opposing board.

What makes it all quite trivial, on the other hand, is Dryad of the Ilysian Grove turning even Valakut itself into a Mountain. In fact, between four Dryads, four Valakut, and a multitude of fetch lands, the 3-damage triggers often start coming in before and without the involvement of Scapeshift.

In addition to the Bring to Light angle, the deck has a plethora of other tools. Omnath, Locus of Creation is great with fetch lands as well. Wrenn and Six ensures you hit all your land drops. Teferi, Time Raveler is an interaction piece that also allows you to cast Scapeshift at instant speed. Expressive Iteration is the best card advantage spell in the format so of course you have a playset. It's all surrounded by interaction in the form of Leyline Binding and Prismatic Ending to ensure you stay alive.

Do you like an interactive game, playing to the board, but also want to be able to push one button and just win? Then this deck is for you. Vito Tomasicchio went 11-3-1 at the 400-player main event of LMS Trieste with it and only missed the Top 8 on tiebreakers.

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