Cruel Ultimatum

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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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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Format Legality
Block Constructed Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Highlander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Unformat Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Noble Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Leviathan Legal

Cruel Ultimatum occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Cruel Ultimatum Discussion


4 days ago

Sweet thread. I have the Alara Cruel Ultimatum artwork playmat.

Cruel Ultimatum Playmat

DemonDragonJ on Double Masters

1 month ago

dbpunk, I would like to see all of the original five ultimatums reprinted, since only Cruel Ultimatum and Titanic Ultimatum have been reprinted, before.

Icbrgr on Ultimate Fires

2 months ago

Hilarious deck description.... I've been chasing Cruel Ultimatum around for years lol

DemonDragonJ on Ikoria Teaser

2 months ago

The red/white/blue ultimatum, splendid ultimatum, is very nice, but, again, I cannot make any room for it in my red/white/blue deck, which is very unfortunate, and, while I could put it in my five-colored deck, I feel that Cruel Ultimatum is superior in the majority of situations, so I shall keep that card in that deck.

ZareZare on Thraximundar's Funhouse

2 months ago

U should add Cruel Ultimatum

Antarktika on Grixis Cruel Control

3 months ago

I think what Barbola meant when he asked how you were ever able to cast Cruel Ultimatum is because your mana base doesn't support it super well. You can't afford Field of Ruin, especially not without Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth. If you're want land destruction, you're best bet is probably a few copies of Fulminator Mage. In addition, you run kind of weird counts of basic lands. I would think you'd want at least 3 Swamps, so you can Ultimatum through a Blood Moon. You might also be able to benefit from a few filter lands like Graven Cairns and their ilk with the mana requirements of this deck, and some Reflecting Pools wouldn't be a bad idea either. I'm not really an expert on this archetype, so you can take all this with a grain of salt, but that's what I think the original comment was getting at.

Unha110w3d on I will have just a sliver of that rainbow cake.

3 months ago

Mortlocke My land base is fine for me, i am not going to spend money on land, i will add though spells that get me land.

Cruel Ultimatum I already cut that card from my deck since it was not performing well when i was playing the deck, (the only reason is still on this decklist is because i haven't had the time to update my tappedout)

Return from Extinction was always in the 99 from the begining.

Boza on New hub requests

4 months ago

How is this site not structured the same way? Although the hubs are not separated in any way (colors, archetypes, etc.), these "themes" are there.

There are 5 cards that realistically do something when you cycle a card. All of them have the text "when you cycle or discard a card". Thus, just use the discard hub.

Bounce theme has nothing to do with bounce - Yuriko, Niv-Mizzet and Golos are the top bounce commanders. The cards are generic enters-the-battlefield cards. So, a more correct hub would be "Enters the Battlefield", but that is so generic it means next to nothing. Perhaps "Flicker" or "Blink" would be most appropriate, but certainly not "Bounce".

Card Draw is equally generic. If your deck has a few cantrip cards, is it a Card Draw deck? Or if your deck features 4 Overwhelming Intellect, is it a Card Draw deck? If an EDH deck of yours uses card draw, it is likely either a group hug deck or a group slug deck. Maybe with Thassa's Oracle and Jace, Wielder of Mysteries, a new deck hub could be made to reflect decking yourself as a win condition.

Other sites may have generic, nonsensical categories. However, hubs tend to be more evocative of the archetypes they represent. Eg. Cruel Control is a control deck featuring Cruel Ultimatum.

TLDR: You have to be able to clearly define a new hub and how it differs from existing ones.

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