Cruel Ultimatum

Legality

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

Sorcery

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

mikeintosh on [[Primer]]-God of the Rising FULL Moon! Butts Up!!

4 days ago

Hi, I happened to build a similar Scarab deck and I can offer few tips from my experience with my playgroup.

First of all, as you mentioned, mana acceleration is very important as dimir doesnt have many natural ways to ramp. Aside from mana rocks, I found Solemn Simulacrum and Burnished Hart surprisingly effective. They are great targets for eternelizing later. I prefer them to some lesser mana rocks as those can be destroyed.

I also agree that counterspells can be the key, you are missing two very important ones: Stubborn Denial is basically one-mana Negate in the deck. Muddle the Mixture can be 2-mana Swan Song but it can find your Rings, Mindcrank or Cyclonic Rift. You really want cheap counterspells as you want to spell most of your mana eternelizing. Psychic Strike might seem sweet (ran it initially) but it can be very underwhelming.

Shriekmaw and Mulldrifter the effect is too strong to ignore, they generate great value early and can be used in the lategame with our general.

Fleshbag Marauder should be autoinclude. It's a zombie and it puts creatures in opponents' graveyards which is what we really want here. Same goes for Sheoldred, Whispering One. I also like Stronghold Assassin especially when paired with Relentless Dead. Siren of the Silent Song is also surprisingly fun. Vengeful Pharaoh is worth considering too. Its pseudo prison card and you can kill their best attacker and convert it to your side. Lastly, Evil Twin is also nice value, kills the cloned creature, you reanimate it, then reanimate Twin, kill another creature next turn, reanimate. Pure value.

As for other spells, I kinda like Memory Plunder since you mill your opponents quite a lot. Imagine resolving say Cruel Ultimatum or In Garruk's Wake at instant speed for 4 mana. I also value Pull from Tomorrow highly.

So those are my two cents, hope it helps with the deck.

Vaan on Grixis Control

4 days ago

Let's start with the most grixis card ever: Cruel Ultimatum, not running at least one copy is a sin. Some decks even go all in on the ultimatum, filling themselves with removal/counterspells, counting on Cruel Ultimatum to close the game.

I believe the removal suite would be great with a set of Terminates and 3 to 4 Murderous Cuts, Electrolyze and Smother are both nice removal options if you're facing lots of small creatures.

Some builds of grixis control have a bit of discard with cards like Inquisition of Kozilek, Rakdos's Return, Raven's Crime, Duress, Consult the Necrosages and Blightning, but controlling your opponent's hand and countering their spells are usually mutually exclusive.

On the card advantage side of things, Faithless Looting, Izzet Charm, Mulldrifter are good options, even Thought Scouring yourself is ok if you're running Murderous Cuts and Gurmag Anglers.

Now, the threats: Tasigur, the Golden Fang, Gurmag Angler and Delver of Secrets  Flip are the most common in this kind of deck but Enigma Drake, Sedraxis Specter, Shriekmaw and Goblin Dark-Dwellers are good options.

If you decide to run the delve cards then running some of the looting effects is also a good idea, if not then Goblin Dark-Dwellers and Enigma Drake become much better threats.

Funkydiscogod on Can i borrow it?

5 days ago

Knowledge Exploitation should be in the sideboard. It's a lot of effort to go through, and I don't think there are many instants or sorceries worth casting for (assuming you're getting the discount). It's not like Cruel Ultimatum is very common these days.

Bribery or its budget replacement Telemin Performance would probably be better, but still sideboard for those decks where you know what you're going to get. Telemin Performance gets bonus points because it's lethal to creatureless decks. So, anyway...consider replacing Knowledge Exploitation with Muse Vessel or Commandeer or Gather Specimens.

I like Wizened Snitches and Knacksaw Clique, but what about using their noncreature counterparts? Lantern of Insight and Ornate Kanzashi have possibilities here, too I think.

Will_O_Wisp13 on Five color charms

5 days ago

+100 more if you run all the ultimatums Brilliant Ultimatum, Clarion Ultimatum, Titanic Ultimatum, and Violent Ultimatum in addition to Cruel Ultimatum.

BrandonJamesCAC on Bolas' Shenanigans

1 week ago

Cruel Ultimatum

I miss that card!

Hyperalgialysis on Nicol Bolas, Grixis Control 2

2 weeks ago

Have you considered the talismans? Talisman of Indulgence and the like would help you ramp to Cruel Ultimatum and some cards with improvise would be handy if you go this route. Check out the bolas decklist for the archenemey deck it runs them and isn't so bad that you couldnt modify it to work for your purposes. The planeswalker deck with him isn't terrible either as it comes with an artifact to get out the one it comes with. Might be able to abuse the synergy it creates.

skoobysnackz on Nicol Bolas, Plague Lord

3 weeks ago

luther, thanks man, already had Cruel Ultimatum but I appreciate the references. As for the cards that would actually be useful in this deck, I could possibly make use for Crux of Fate, Disciple of Bolas, Deep Analysis, and Gem of Becoming.

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