Cruel Bargain


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Vintage Masters (VMA) Rare
Portal (POR) Rare

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Cruel Bargain


Draw four cards. You lose half your life, rounded up.

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Cruel Bargain Discussion

sylvannos on want advice for angel reanimator ...

9 months ago

@Morbid_Empress: You can still play red, but only if it's in your budget. If budget is an issue, you can cut the red draw spells, use black discard outlets, then use black for Night's Whisper/Ancient Craving/Sign in Blood/Necropotence/Cruel Bargain/Phyrexian Arena/Griselbrand/Infernal Contract.

Griselbrand + Resolute Archangel is especially dirty, but that may be too tryhard if you're just playing casually with people at school who use 92 card decks.

entheogeneral on Black Draw

10 months ago

Cruel Bargain and Infernal Contract, if you don't mind losing a little life. Great for combo decks, but otherwise, I like Dark Confidant

Lutachris23 on Saskia the Unyielding Suicide -- Budget EDH

1 year ago

Cruel Bargain and Infernal Contract cost three black... In four color... That could work though if I put in Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth. Like the other two. Great to see you here again bankrupt_on_selling

bankrupt_on_selling on Saskia the Unyielding Suicide -- Budget EDH

1 year ago

Hey man back again I can't stay away. Cruel Bargain and Infernal Contract want to see play in a deck like this, casting them at 1 or 0 life would be awesome! Wretched Confluence belongs. Soul Channeling is flavorful protection for Platinum Angel.

rguilbault on Leovold Ridin' Spinners

1 year ago

ok Bolsheviktory, this is what I have for the current build. if CMC is a concern for Ad Nauseam I would suggest the following mods:


Lilbrudder on atraxa

1 year ago

Sorry for the double post but I have a question. I am struggling to see the purpose of a bunch of cards.

You have a lot of creatures that produce black mana and you have a number of cards that would traditionally be used in a doomsday pile but I don't see DD. What are you doing with cards like Street Wraith, Priest of Gix, Cruel Bargain etc?

On another note this HD build is really intriguing. I love how mana efficient the win condition is.

_person_ on Mono black doomsday

1 year ago

well, Cruel Bargain pretty much solves the draw problem.

FLATSO99 on the best EDH deck ever (turn 1 win)

2 years ago

so do you think that i should drop Chancellor of the Tangle if so what should i add in his place?

i did not think about the fact that Cruel Bargain would be so hard to cast since this deck is tri color what should i add in its place?

Jester's Cap was a place holder and will be removed.

i will playtest Trinket Mage and see how it works!

i will add in Scroll Rack as it is awesome and is just what i was looking for!!

do you think Sensei's Divining Top is worth it for this deck?

Gemstone Array seems like a good soild card in fact i was just thinking what i would do without the right color mana i will add it as soon as possible!!!!!!!!!

im not sure if Stone-Seeder Hierophant is any better then Chancellor of the Tangle as with out Thawing Glaciers and Amulet of Vigor it is no good.

thanks for your comment!! may i ask you for a +1?:)

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