Cruel Ultimatum


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

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Set Rarity
Archenemy: Nicol Bolas (E01) Rare
Modern Masters 2017 Edition (MM3) Rare
Commander 2013 (C13) Rare
From the Vault: Twenty (V13) Mythic Rare
Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas (DDH) Rare
Shards of Alara (ALA) Rare

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Cruel Ultimatum


Target opponent sacrifices a creature, discards three cards, then loses 5 life. You return a creature card from your graveyard to your hand, draw three cards, then gain 5 life.

Cruel Ultimatum Discussion

Azeworai on Big Jodah (need help-read description)

3 weeks ago

Alright. As to what I would cut:

Utter End : It's a bit too little mana to be cheated out, yet too costly to be worth it.

Villainous Wealth : 'X' costs can't be abused with Jodah, so I'd remove it.

Genesis Wave : Same deal.

Enlightened Tutor : There are no artifacts outside of a couple of gearhulks and Magister Sphinx , and the only enchantments that seem worth finding are Rhystic Study and Omniscience . It doesn't seem too potent in here.

Casualties of War : I think In Garruk's Wake is just better. So much mana when you could just cast a huge threat.

Enter the Infinite : You can't actually win immediately when this resolves (unless I'm missing something). When this is the case, it's not quite worth it.

Nissa's Revelation : Given how many ways this deck can refill its hand, consider that this doesn't add to the board state, reveals a card in your hand, and is a turn off of doing something else.

Terastodon : I've never really liked this card. Just personal preference. It's a vanilla 9/9 that doesn't do much outside of removal.

Gamble : Not sure why this is here. With Demonic Tutor , Vampiric Tutor , Mystical Tutor , and other superior options, this seems lacking.

AEtherspouts : With Cyclonic Rift , Merciless Eviction , In Garruk's Wake , Plague Wind , and Flood of Tears , this wrath seems excessive.

Vindicate : I prefer Beast Within or Swords to Plowshares when given the option. You have Anguished Unmaking , Cruel Ultimatum , Despark , Assassin's Trophy , and tutors to find them, sorcery speed is without use. More interaction in a deck like this seems as if it's a juxtaposition to the gameplan.

That's all I have for what may be banished, however, I have one recommendation:

Treachery seems as if it would be awesome in here. Steal a creature then cast something huge. A lot of value here.

TypicalTimmy on Card creation challenge

2 months ago

Conqueror's Ultimatum


Gain control of up to four lands. For each land you gain control of that is tapped, create two 1/1 white Warrior creature tokens.

"Conquest is made by those who fear not death and have been baptized in the blood of their enemies. Empires are built, and empires fall. But legacy lives forever." - Tin-Zhu speaking to an army of 10,000.

Honestly the power level on these kind of feels all over the place when you compare something like Violent Ultimatum to Cruel Ultimatum . I don't know.


saluma on Personalized User Spellbooks

3 months ago

Gideon had 5 echantments, 1 artifact and 1 inatant in the spellbook.

Anyhow I Love Grixis and Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker is one of my favorit planeswalkers! I really enjoy suffocate my opponents resorses and win via a combo. Hers's my list:

Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker - I Love everything about him (exept the manacost)

Cruel Ultimatum - This is so me, suffocateing my opponent while getting card advantage!

Narset's Reversal - so you want to cast a cool spell? Let me cast it insead!!!

Time Walk - haha No you will not get to play.

Demonic Tutor - I prep for almost any situation.

Kolaghan's Command - This is a 2 for 1 and I like that.

Counterspell - Denied.

Damnation - might be more efficent boardsweepers but I like this one

Icbrgr on Faithless Looting & Hogaak Banned

3 months ago

Super fun to hear about SFM being unbanned and look i forward to seeing "new" brews with it..... I personally am sad about Faithless Looting because I had fun with it in a janky Spellweaver Helix brew with Cruel Ultimatum and retrace no means competitive but F.L. definitely helped.

gingerthewritingdog on Eternal affliction

3 months ago

Instead of tapping down creatures, you could play more removal spells such as Fatal Push , Cast Down , Go for the Throat . Also, if you are really going for the memes, you can try playing Cruel Ultimatum to cheat out with Wildfire Eternal (imagine the look on your opponent's face when they thought they would just be taking 1 damage from the wildfire eternal, and the only card in your hand is Cruel Ultimatum .

Subtlety on Grixis Cruel Control

4 months ago

Thanks for your feedback MrGuizee666.

Force of Despair seems nice and fun card but Its very situational plus I have to exile a Black Card from my Hand.

This can be:

Fatal Push

Kolaghan's Command

Liliana's Triumph


Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God

Cruel Ultimatum



Collective Brutality

Countersquall and

Thoughtseize .

90% of these spells are Instants and have a Removal ability.

I can only imagine using it on an opponent´s EOT exiling a Damnation to save mana on my next turn.

I would be glad if you have many reasons to put it in the 75 cause i like no mana spells. :)

Leeco on Card creation challenge

4 months ago

Father of Boons

Creature - Dwarf Cleric Rogue

Father of Boons is unblockable.

Battle cry


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Cruel Ultimatum occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%