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Remove the top five cards of your library from the game. An opponent separates those cards into two piles. You may play any number of cards from one of those piles without paying their mana costs.
Brilliant Ultimatum Discussion
1 month ago
Suggested Cuts and Inclusions
While I tried to make cuts and suggestions relevant (e.g. replace ramp with ramp), many of them are arbitrary. Feel free to ignore or swap with other suggestions!
- Regrowth --> Explosive Vegetation
- Seasons Past --> Kodama's Reach
- Twist Allegiance --> Blazing Archon
- Unexpected Results --> Sunbird's Invocation
- Electrodominance --> Brilliant Ultimatum
- Geistblast --> Baleful Force
- Spell Swindle --> Counterspell
- Stroke of Genius --> Overflowing Insight
- Ice Cave --> Omniscience
- Khalni Heart Expedition
- Island --> Battlefield Forge
- Swamp --> Caves of Koilos
- Plains --> Shivan Reef
- Blighted Woodland --> Yavimaya Coast
- Cascading Cataracts --> Llanowar Wastes
- Armillary Sphere --> Swarm Intelligence
- Cryptolith Fragment Flip --> Bringer of the Blue Dawn
- Kaleidostone --> Fierce Empath
- Prismatic Lens --> Whispersilk Cloak
- Dawntreader Elk --> Farseek
- Fertilid --> Search for Tomorrow
- Selvala, Explorer Returned --> In Garruk's Wake
- Sunblast Angel --> Duneblast
- Wildfire Eternal --> Ashen Rider
Other useful inclusions
3 months ago
I will get eh obvious ones out of the way since Cruel Ultimatum is part of a cycle...
4 months ago
So first iteration of my yenett deck was put to the test. 3 games, 3 wins. Worth mentioning i'm playing only in paper and that our LGS is small and deck are rather casual (i believe strongest decks are like 6/10 in term of power). We tend to play long games. My build runs 38 lands (21 basics, 1 fetch), and 10 even cards. Cannot provide decklist yet. My build isn't very focused on single target removal. Thou i need to add some removal for enchantments/artifacts. No Future Sight, Sensei, Soothsaying. Rise of the Dark Realms, Anguished Unmaking i have in other decks.
Even cards are : Strionic Resonator (damn this one is strong), Swiftfoot Boots , some 2cmc mana rocks, Supreme Verdict , Wrath of God , Smothering Tithe (Can this get ban already?), Overwhelming Denial .
Since this is "casual", only wheel effect im running along this Smothering Tithe is Dark Deal .
Liliana Vess performed really well. I don't have Animatou. Jace, the Mind Sculptor is probably fine addition to the deck. Dream Cache is probably better than Frantic Search? Living Death is too risky in my opinion.
Ethersworn Adjudicator was really good in my games.
Examples of odd cards im running: Herald of Leshrac , Artisan of Kozilek , Brilliant Ultimatum , Pathrazer of Ulamog , Blatant Thievery , Void Winnower , Inkwell Leviathan , Mind's Dilation , Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts , Platinum Angel , Angelic Arbiter
If You want to improve Yenett and make deck real nasty , extra turn spells are probably way to go (Nexus of Fate might be really strong). Old Ulamog and New Emrakul are also Odd cards. Magister Sphinx , Enigma Sphinx , Mother of Runes , Iona, Approach of the Second Sun can also be very good.
Hope this helps a little and i'll see another Yenett video on the channel :D
8 months ago
Also, the cycle of ultimatums from alara each have a planeswalker hidden in them. (Brilliant Ultimatum has tezzeret, Cruel Ultimatum has bolas, Titanic Ultimatum has ajani, Violent Ultimatum has sarkaan, and elspeth can be seen in Clarion Ultimatum)
in Blood Artist, he is painting you with your own blood
9 months ago
10 months ago
Kapitein_Koekblik your assessment is spot on and the same as mine.
Hatred is only good when you're in a 1 v 1 situation, else it's dangerous and marginal suicidal to use it in multiplayer games. LOL
You may wish to play test Hall of the Bandit Lord and Insidious Dreams too. I've been wanting to test them out but haven't got my hands on these cards. Hall is situational cause the ETB tapped really hurts our tempo. An "end turn" Dreams followed by Brilliant Ultimatum is a good combo though!
Let me know how the testings go. Good times ahead! Cheers.
10 months ago
I've been play-testing it a fair bit the last couple of days, I'm thinking of actually cutting Jace, the Mind Sculptor from the deck. He has done nothing for me so far or he get's countered right away "because it's JtMS".
Experimenting with Beacon of Unrest, Hatred and Brilliant Ultimatum as well. Most decks at my local store are really creature heavy or people depend on their graveyards to much. Hence Beacon of Unrest being a good try out, so far it's 50/50 as it's really situational (it's probably not making the cut).
Hatred being a good wincon, has shown that it's not handy to use when you still have 2 opponents left if you knock one out with it, let stand the amount of life you have left at that point.
Brilliant Ultimatum Has shown potential, as I always pick out the opponent at my table with the least knowledge of MTG to make the decision (I know it's awful, but they learn from their mistakes right away). This card is my current spotholder for replacing JtMS
Scroll Rack is the MVP so far for me, great value for 1 mana. The Mana curve with the rocks is just right if you cut Worn Powerstone, earliest I got Yennett, Cryptic Sovereign out was on turn 4 with Swiftfoot Boots.
So far I'm really loving the deck, although at certain times I feel like I could really use some life gain now and again. Going to look into that a little bit the coming days. So far I've won 4 out of 6 matches with it so can't complain. If you have any better suggestions let me know.
11 months ago
- Mind's Dilation - JUST CRAZY!
- Brilliant Ultimatum - I like when they have to make a difficult choice
- Insidious Dreams - this card is a must have, resolving this before Yennett attacks should win You the game.
- Heartless Summoning - for early Yennett cast
- Cataclysm/Armageddon - for Zur-stile mana denial
Brilliant Ultimatum occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.01%