Clarion Ultimatum Shards of Alara Deft Duelist

Cruel Ultimatum Cruel Ultimatum English

Sorcery, UUBBBRR (7)

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.

There is always a greater power.

Illus. Ralph Horsley

Gatherer Card Rulings?, Legality?

  • 10/1/2008: Cruel Ultimatum's only target is an opponent. You don't choose which creature card in your graveyard you'll return to your hand until Cruel Ultimatum resolves.
  • 10/1/2008: All of these actions are performed sequentially, in the order listed. Earlier actions may affect how you perform later actions. (For example, if the opponent sacrifices a creature that he or she controls but you own, it will end up in your graveyard. When Cruel Ultimatum lets you return a creature card from your graveyard to your hand, you can choose that one.)
  • 10/1/2008: If, as Cruel Ultimatum begins to resolve, your opponent's life total is 5 or less and you have two or fewer cards in your library, the game will result in a draw. Your opponent's life total will drop to 0 or less, but Cruel Ultimatum must finish resolving completely before state-based actions are checked. You'll then be forced to draw three cards and fail to draw one. When state-based actions are finally checked, you and your opponent will both lose the game at the same time, which means the game is a draw.
#164 (Ralph Horsley)

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German Grausames Ultimatum
French Ultimatum cruel
Italian Ultimatum Crudele
Spanish Ultimátum cruel
Portuguese Ultimato Cruel
Japanese 残酷な根本原理
Simplified Chinese 残酷通牒
Russian Жестокий Ультиматум

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