Cruel Ultimatum


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
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.

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Cruel Ultimatum Discussion

Pieguy396 on Sultai Spellweaver

1 week ago

Hey there! Cool deck you have here! I've been casually trying to find a way to cast Cruel Ultimatum in Modern for a little bit now, but have never found a good way. I never even considered Spellweaver Helix! I would highly recommend adding 4 copies of Serum Visions, both as a way to filter your draws and a strong sorcery to get off of Spellweaver Helix. I also suggest adding in more Mana Leaks and potentially more Inquisition of Kozileks and/or Thoughtseizes as more disruption, perhaps over Countersquall, Spell Snare, and maybe something like Mystical Teachings, a Remand, an Augur of Bolas, etc. Sweet deck idea, though!

poorpinkus on The Devil On Your Shoulder - EDH Tempting Deals

1 month ago

Thanks chiri and catafalcoman! I hope you both enjoy the deck! I've found that the politics is a bit of a balancing act - You need to know when to give people things (for example with Fevered Visions) and when to take things away (for example with Cruel Ultimatum). If you balance well, the deck is extremely fun and rewarding to play.

Anyways, have fun! And if you do end up playing the deck, let me know how it goes. Thanks!

Sulk on Your favorite phrase in Magic?

1 month ago

"Hold with that just a moment" while I flash out a Rout in combat.

"OK in your end step(I tap out, crack my Hedron Archive, sack my Expedition Map and Quicken my Cruel Ultimatum) OK now it's my turn.

Mandalorian on Grixis Control Take 1

1 month ago

Looks pretty sweet! Here are some other cards to consider if you havnt already!

Thought Scour can help fill the graveyard to fuel delve for cards like Tasigur, Gurmag Angler, and Murderous Cut

Desolate Lighthouse>Drownyard since it helps fix your draws instead of simply milling

Your deck has a pretty high curve, Cruel Ultimatum Control is a pretty sweet deck if you wanted to make it like that with big top end.

Anger of the Gods>Pyroclasm. Sometimes the extra damage and exile clause is very relevant.

non budget upgrades

Snapcaster Mage

Creeping Tar Pit

Kolaghan's Command

Cryptic Command


Ancestral Vision

Wolfebladeelite on

1 month ago

once i get the 8 cards im after for the deck ill be taking out Seething Song Savage Ventmaw All Suns' Dawn Vanquisher's Banner Krosan Drover Cruel Ultimatum Swan Song and City of Brass

mtgApprentice21 on 2: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

1 month ago

The only good ultimatum is Cruel Ultimatum, but why run Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker when you can run Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh! XD

windlnk on Why do you play Green?

1 month ago

I may be Unhinged Bolas, borderline Unstable. But even I'm not insane enough to want to work for you. I know how you Grixis folk work with your Cruel Ultimatums and your Dark Intimations if you want a minion try calling up my Evil Twin I'm sure you would get along great.

As for me however I am a proud mage I run wild with the Pack fighting along side All My friends. Bring your reckonings and your Extinctions For when the time comes nature will shield us with a mighty intervention. We will Slice in Twain your places of power and Feast upon your False gifts. Be afraid for soon we will Overcome You and all your Allies .

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