Cruel Reality

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Arena [BETA] Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Amonkhet (AKH) Mythic Rare

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Cruel Reality

Enchantment — Aura Curse

Enchant player

At the beginning of enchanted player's upkeep, that player sacrifices a creature or a planeswalker. If the player can't, he or she loses 5 life.

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Cruel Reality Discussion

carpecanum on Why can't we be friends

1 week ago

Portal Mage, Bedlam, Vow of Flight would fit here.

Unnatural Hunger is pretty much a cheaper version of Cruel Reality. In commander games its not unusual to have a BIG creature you can cast it on.

Sakana on Minotaur Tribal (Need help)

1 month ago

Ideas:

+Urza's Incubator - cheeper minotaurs

+Fervor - haste for all

+Living Death - protection against board wipes

+Lightning Greaves - protection and haste

+Sign in Blood/card draw in general

+Phyrexian Arena - card draw!

+Rakdos Charm - just a good card

+Gratuitous Violence - dmg incorporated.

+Anthem of Rakdos - dmg incorporated.

+Furnace of Rath - dmg incorporated.

+Havoc Festival - dmg incorporated. Plus the most Rakdos card

+Mana Flare - speed things up a bit

+Greed - more card draw

+Pain Magnification - could be good for keeping 0 cards in their hands

+Shared Animosity - can be super strong

Traps:

-Black Sun's Zenith -expensive

-Cut // Ribbons - expensive

-Torment of Hailfire - expensive

-Ifnir Deadlands - I just don't get why its here, a swamp seems better

Cards to look into removing:

-Aether Vial - seems almost slow? Just doesn't fit in with the deck, but by all means, test it and see where it goes! Having fun with the cards is the most important part anyway.

-Azor's Gateway  Flip - also doesn't quite fit, but maybe? I've never personally played with the card.

-Obelisk of Urd - another one to playtest, I've thought it wasn't good enough in my tribal decks to get a spot

-Trepanation Blade - Very random card. Very random. I don't know what to think. Probably very good, though.

-Consuming Vapors - Don't quite get it, but might be a good way to gain life. Seems dependent on your playgroup.

-Impale, may I introduce you to murder?

-In Garruk's Wake - very expensive

I don't think Breath of Fury and Nemesis Mask are going to be good in the deck. I would not add them.

Silence the Believers will be too slow.

Maybe board:

-Cruel Reality: Just a trap, you have much better cards and it is extremely expensive.

-Dictate of Erebos: Maybe? I think you have better options

-Black Sun's Zenith: Maybe not. Has a much better place with Cabal Coffers.

-Cut // Ribbons: Nope. See above.

+Flurry of Horns :)

-Firestorm: too expensive IRL

+All the minotaurs, they're minotaurs?

I don't think Breath of Fury and Nemesis Mask are going to be good in the deck. I would not add them.

Silence the Believers will be too slow.

Sorry about the formatting, it hates me sometimes.

Laurus on Golgari Mk.1.1

1 month ago

shadow63 Well you see, that's the thing, I don't know. What about mid-range reanimator?

luther I was just thinking of stuff that would be good to cheat out, Sundering Titan, Pelakka Wurm and Butcher of Malakir achieve that fairly well Meren of Clan Nel Toth and Champion of Stray Souls would make it easier to cheat out said creatures, the Champion especially works well with From Beyond and Reassembling Skeleton.

This also works fairly well with Jarad, theoretically I could infinitely reanimate Sundering Titan or Pelakka Wurm with Meren and Jarad both on the field, though unlikely.

I sort of see where you're coming from with Cruel Reality, it's just in there for pressure I suppose.

luther on Golgari Mk.1.1

1 month ago

Sundering Titan, Cruel Reality, Meren of Clan Nel Toth, and Champion of Stray Souls could all go in my opinion. Probably Butcher of Malakir could go also. It will just be dead in hand most of the time. For any cards you go below 60 after getting rid of any of those cards, you should get something that you can actually play on turn 1 (or less preferably 2)

Cicjose on Mono-Black Discard Matters

1 month ago

Cruel Reality seems really strong here

Struyk on Harsh Tormenting Punishment

2 months ago

Also made a similar deck and played a few rounds on MTG arena and here is what I noticed:

Primal Amulet  Flip x3 is just too much: You don't want to have 2 in your hand / in the game and it's too slow. I would go with 1x.

Duress and Lay Bare the Heart should be a sideboard only option vs blue decks and creatureless decks as you have no creature and shouldn't worry about control spells ( change for Harsh Scrutiny and Never )

Vraska's Contempt is IMO a direct downgrade from Never so I would remove 2 of those and add 2 more Never, the exile is only useful like one in 20 games...

Fatal Push is an awesome early defence card and I would suggest using 4 of those ( pretty expensive though )

Phyrexian Scriptures is a 4 cost board / graveyard wipe and I would suggest using 4 of those as well, these won me almost every game so far. What's awesome about it is that it has a 1 turn delay which means your opponent can't play any creatures that turn and you can chain them if you draw multiple. Sideboard it for Divest vs artifact decks.

Divest I sideboard vs artifact decks Gonti's Machinations I sideboard vs rush and direct damage decks Cruel Reality I sideboard vs slow decks and this deck

Ayish on Daxos's spooky enchantments

2 months ago

Conviction isn't really that good imo, you can find better aura's for cheap. Cruel Reality while good later in the game you have no mana rocks that I saw meaning it won't come out soon enough to get really good usage. Dreadbringer Lampads kinda like with Nyx-Fleece Ram it isn't really serving a purpose other than to be an enchantment. Fall of the Thran You dislike when people target you, don't give them a reason. Archetype of Finality imo it's too slow for how weak the creature is. Crystal Chimes already messaged you. Daxos's Torment I'm not that sure but I feel like this again is only really there for it to be a creature that's an enchantment, not to be a valued card. Death Grasp again, not too sure but unless you have more mana ramp and sources not going to do too much. Grim Guardian Again feeling like it's only there to be both a creature and an enchantment, power isn't too strong. Mourning Not to strong, -2/-0 not going to do much in most cases imo Myth Realized Like the Daxos's Torment but slightly better imo, still feel it's only there to be both a creature and enchantment Nyx-Fleece Ram Just restating. Skybind Without more strong normal creatures not benefiting you, just maybe hurting opponents a little. Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts What's the purpose of them? They do nothing for the deck.

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