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Cruel Ultimatum
Shards of Alara

Reviewed October 23, 2008

Constructed: 3.50
Casual: 3.33
Limited: 3.50

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Cruel Ultimatum
Once upon a time, we would have looked at that ridiculous mana cost, held our noses, and said "No thanks!" These days, it barely even registers. Though I complain, you do in fact get what you pay for with Cruel Ultimatum. (I might not rate it quite so highly, though, if Mulldrifter and Shriekmaw hadn't been printed in recent sets to change the way we think about comes-into-play abilities.) Like with Sharuum earlier this week, don't play this card unless you feel confident you can survive long enough to cast it, although it does require less specific support than she did.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5

Thursday 10-23-08

Cruel Ultimatum


Constructed: This is the big bad Ultimatum that is living up to its hype. It is a one, two, three punch to you opponent, and you basically win the game.


Casual: I am thinking about adding each Ultimatums to my Beacon deck with the Panaptic Mirrors.


Limited: Built right and if you draw it, it can win the game for you or turn it around.


Overall this is one of the best cards of the set.


Constructed: 4

Casual: 3

Limited: 4





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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.


Massive effect with a massive pricetag. However that hasn't stopped it from showing up in Top8's already. Great in contructed, casual and limited. In contructed QnT is really the only deck that can make use of it, but that doesnt detract from it's value. In limited this basically seals your victory should you be able to pull it off, Alara is a relativly slow limited format (barring crazy exalted draws which I've seen) and as such your likely to be able to build up to the neccesary mana.

in casual it will decimate opponents.


Constructed: 3.5/5

Casual: 4/5
Limited 3.5/5

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