Cruel Ultimatum


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom 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

TypicalTimmy on Card creation challenge

1 week 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

1 month 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

1 month 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

2 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

2 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

3 months ago

Father of Boons

Creature - Dwarf Cleric Rogue

Father of Boons is unblockable.

Battle cry


Remember Cruel Ultimatum ? Create one for Abzan.

TCG-Player on Kess Budget (please help)

3 months ago

You asked for help, so here I am:

Paradox Engine is banned.

Cut Manalith and Chromatic Lantern . They are fine cards but there are more efficient ramp options at only 2 mana:
Talisman of Indulgence , Talisman of Dominance , Talisman of Creativity , Fellwar Stone , Mind Stone , Thought Vessel and Wayfarer's Bauble .

Some of your sorceries seem a bit clunky, like Cruel Ultimatum or Life's Finale .
Evacuation and Devastation Tide are great boardwipes, Crux of Fate is a solid budget option and Toxic Deluge is amazing but a bit pricy.

Wurmcoil Engine , Noxious Gearhulk , Neheb, the Eternal and Massacre Wurm are all quite highly costed and don't synergize well with the rest of the deck.
If you want to be mean, you could replace them with extra turn spells: Time Warp , Part the Waterveil and Karn's Temporal Sundering are reasonably priced, both in money and mana.

I personally would throw out all Guild Gates and raplace them with literally anything that does not enter tapped. A good budget replacement would be the pain lands: Underground River , Shivan Reef , Sulfurous Springs .

Lastly, cheap and efficient removal pieces I would consider are: Doomblade, Go for the Throat , Reality Shift , Rapid Hybridization and Pongify .

Femme_Fatale on Dinosaur Deck Hub Addition?

3 months ago


Battlecruiser is just control/ramp, it's not unique enough to warrant its own archetype. Aikido and spellslinger I feel aren't descriptive enough of what they are. Spellslinger is just "permanentless" and can be renamed as such. Aikido isn't useful in an english speaking site. If hubs aren't a presently top-tier deck or using a keyword/specific card, I feel like they need to be much more easily understood by people who see it in the hubs list and go "oh! that's neat" and not "what the hell is this?" As such I suggest the terminology "Tactical Appropriation" as a replacement for Aikido.

At least, I hope you can rename hubs without issues.

Other hubs I think can be removed: Large ... what even is this?, Vehicle, probably Hive Mind as the archetype is now just Amulet Titan, Devotion and Energy since those aren't going to be comp decks in non-rotating formats until more devotion gets reprinted. Exalted since that has kinda died down quite a bit and is usually just voltron now. Cruel control since Cruel Ultimatum is kind of an underwhelming card now. Loam and Lands seem kinda interchangeable.

Artifact and Enchantment should be plural.

As for the requirements for a tribe to get a hub for tribes that don't have a competitive showing, I think there needs to be 10 cards of permanents that give static/permanent benefits specifically about that tribe that aren't one time effects, and instants or sorceries that care specifically about that tribe as their main effect (an example, for dragons, Belltoll Dragon wouldn't classify but Dragonstorm would). This means the following tribes don't make the cut: Angels, Cats, Demons, Knights and Minotaurs.

These should be added as a consequence of the above criteria: Elementals, Warriors, and maybe "flying matters" and "toughness matters" but that's up for debate, and probably isn't entirely a good idea if exalted should also go.

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Cruel Ultimatum occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%