Cruel Ultimatum


Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Modern Legal

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Set Rarity
Modern Masters 2017 Edition Rare
Commander 2013 Rare
From the Vault: Twenty Mythic Rare
Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas Rare
Shards of Alara 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.

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Cruel Ultimatum Discussion

KIngWiggins on Panda213

1 week ago

I think the other trade will be going through, but would you do your Marsh Flats, Terminatefoil icon, and FTV Cruel Ultimatum for the Tomb?

Mizzazzi on Golgari Control

2 weeks ago

First off Cruel Control means you have a deck built with Cruel Ultimatum and as a follow up if this deck is suppose to be Golgari then why did you think that Hundred-Handed One would fit in those colors as it is white? Just saving you from looking weird! Otherwise good Ideas but maybe cut your combo pieces from 3 or more to combo and make it 2 if possible and add more combos heres a link to a video that has some good decklist Ideas

Snapdisastermage on Grixis Cruel Control

2 weeks ago

Need more wincons. Cruel Ultimatum Is technically a wincon but you need a way to close out the the game. This simply won't beat the clock

Chasmolinker on Anti-Eldrazi Grixis

1 month ago

I did some play testing with this and I think Harsh Scrutiny and/or Lay Bare the Heart from Amonkhet would work great. The latter is basically a turn 2 thoughtseize with no shock damage. Also, this deck needs some kind of fetch land or just less land. I either got flooded or couldn't get the third color in time. I would up Terminate to 4 copies and cut Go for the Throat. No restrictions on Terminate. Maybe one or two copies of Murderous Cut for late game removal. It's a little bit of a glass cannon because without Master of Cruelties, the only other win con is the man-lands. Maybe a Cruel Ultimatum or delver  Flip strategy as an alternate win-con.

Xica on Grixis or Esper?

1 month ago

Both of those cards are at their best when played for the insane tempo they are able to create.

Grixis is probably the best color combination for building tempo oriented decks, hell even its old timer finisher card - Cruel Ultimatum - is just a large tempo card, not a finisher, strictly speaking.
Esper is strong, but it favours hardline control, not tempo.

KingMathoro on Sliver Spree

1 month ago

Hey there!

I saw your forum post and I thought I might chime in. You see I am a sliver fan myself. I am also working on my own sliver deck that is in its heavy play testing phase right now. With that in mind there are a few things I believe should be brought to your attention based off of my experience thus far. Cards that I have gotten a lot of use out of are things like: Patriarch's Bidding, Paradox Engine, Chromatic Lantern, Coalition Relic, Rhystic Study, Virulent Sliver, Homing Sliver, Basal Sliver, Training Grounds, Heartstone, Farseek, Prismatic Omen, Descendants' Path, Distant Melody, Intruder Alarm, Darksteel Ingot, Amoeboid Changeling, Unnatural Selection. They have been amazing at times. Now for what I would recommend removing would be Boundless Realms because you do not have that man basics, Beseech the Queen, because when will you have that many swamps, Archangel's Light I don't necessarily get why this is here, I understand why you picked Mycosynth Lattice but I think if someone blows up all artifacts then you are in trouble. Maelstrom Nexus seems unnecessary really and would be a dead draw until you have many fixing. Kozilek, Butcher of Truth seems way out of place in a sliver deck. Far Wanderings is just a less powerful Kodama's Reach or Cultivate. Buried Alive again is a card that I do not know why it is here. Cruel Ultimatum and Conflux are cards that will be difficult to cast and only have very very late game usage. Behold the Beyond is kind of in that boat too, very large to cast and won't be useful until late game. I would love to hear your thoughts and have a conversation on the above discussed, until then, cheers!

Subtlety on Cruel Control

1 month ago

Teddyjunior11 it is a very good deck but i don't think that Tasigur and Ultimatum could fit on the same deck. Tasigur is more of a new Grixis Control playstyle like your deck and Cruel Ultimatum is more classic plus 22 lands for a Cruel Control deck is few. If you want to be more competitive you must choose between Tas and Ultimatum and change the decklist a bit to fit with the new playstyle but if you want to be more fun just leave it as it is!

QuantumSkies on Obliterator and friends

1 month ago

Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek are better than Duress. Looking at your mana curve, adding ~4 lands would improve the chance you get Crypt Ghast or anything else you want to play. "Cruel Control" is for control decks running Cruel Ultimatum. I recommend removing your 7 and 8 mana cost cards, especially at 20 lands. (Or maybe go to 4 Crypt Ghast). To protect your Crypt Ghast more, Apostle's Blessing is pretty good. Are Damnation and Diabolic Tutor really worth it? Fatal Push could replace Tribute to Hunger. Finally, Surgical Extraction is more of a sideboard card but could be mainboarded.

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