Cruel Reality


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
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

marowakcity on Lands!

2 weeks ago

Is Cruel Reality actually any good at all?

wisegreenbean on Scorpion Stax

3 weeks ago

Cruel Reality, while flavorful, seems less than stellar. Burn for 5/turn on a 7 mana enchantment seems kinda low value. Same for Torment of Scarabs, you have 2 copies, and both seem bad. Drain 3 life is pretty negligible. And Mogis, God of Slaughter as always feels like the worst of the bunch. The pressure these small incremental 'choose your burn' cards apply just isn't that impressive.

Night of Souls' Betrayal you have SO MANY 1/1 tokens.

Rain of Gore kinda narrow? Also, you have more than few blood artist effects, and it's symmetrical.

Tectonic Instability, surely removing all cards from their hands is enough protection from instants? Same for Mana Web. Kinda same for Price of Glory too, though that one is certainly a flavor win.

Torment of Hailfire, how good is this if you've been saccing your own lands quite a bit? X will often not be a very impressive number. I guess you can make the argument that they will have been too, but even so. It's not terrible for being asymetrical, but again, anything that lets them choose to take damage when you haven't necessarily pressured their health very much seems questionable.

Targeted removal and ways to kill enchantments pretty light. I'd at least consider a Chaos Warp. I also maintain that Rakdos Charm is best grill.

Stranglehold also on point.

I finally suggest Swamp and Mountain.

OberstHati on Aquisition

1 month ago

Blooming Marsh was left out, because i got 9 Foul Orchard, no Marshes ;Pand it will still be Standard-legal after Rotation...I keep Cruel Reality in Main because i think i need a few WinCons in Main, when playing against Counterspells i can't rely on Acquisition alone. And It wins quite a few games, in combination with the other removal. Thanks to Hour of Promise it can hit the board in T6, and once its there it ends the game, not a lot of decks with Enchantment-Removal in main,... I swapped in Hour of Glory for Never//Return in Sideboard, don't know why i didn't think of that before,...

multimedia on Aquisition

1 month ago

Hey you're welcome, looks good I like the changes. I'm glad it's testing so well.

Do you really need main deck Cruel Reality? Have you ever cast it and gotten enough value out of it for seven mana? All the other bomb win conditions are far better than it. Consider upgrading the manabase with 4x Blooming Marsh replacing 4x Foul Orchard?

DoIStillLoveIt on Mathas, Bounty Gateway

1 month ago

Really enjoyed seeing your deck on MTGMuddsta, I have a Queen Marchesa deck that does similar politics shenanigans.

Cards that support your theme include Blind Obedience and Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts and Cruel Reality. Also, if you wanted to skew a bit more into an enchantress deck (great fun) then Doomwake Giant becomes a good asset, as does Marchesa's Decree. Another interesting politics card that can definitely make someone your friend is Volcanic Offering.

multimedia on Aquisition

1 month ago

Hey, Hour of Promise with more Deserts is one of the best cards with Mastermind's Acquisition. Promise helps you ramp while also giving you board presence and Acquisition can tutor for the big stuff you want to ramp into such as Convergence or Tyrant. Consider adding 4x Promise main deck cutting 2x Never, 1x Hailfire and 1x Cruel Reality?

Wildest Dreams has nice interaction with Acquisition and Promise. You can tutor for it from the sideboard and use all the ramp to get back important cards from the graveyard such as Acquisition, Contempt, etc. Consider adding 1x Dreams to the sideboard cutting 1x Never?

I also suggest cutting 1x Compass for 1x more Gift of Paradise.

Good luck with your deck.

NV_1980 on Mathas The Fiend Seeker EDH

1 month ago

Hi DanyTargaryen102,

Your deck looks positively awesome! Would Cruel Reality strike your fancy? It's expensive to cast, but powerful. Also, I have one non-budget suggestion for you that imho is often overlooked in curse/aura decks: Cloudstone Curio. This card gives you a ton of value, as it allows you to redistribute your aura's whenever necessary.

Keep up the nice brewing! I hope you can spare time to give feedback on one of my decks too.



BeardBlade on What’s your favorite card in ...

1 month ago

I'm a big fan of Torment of Hailfire because making people squirm is fun. Cruel Reality and Sword-Point Diplomacy are close seconds.

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