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I can't wait to play this in a big multiplayer game with Hive Mind on the battlefield. Now that's some epic lulz. That will be a spell-storm to remember.
Posted By: Rasel (7/9/2009 8:09:17 PM)


Works very well as a finisher in an Esper Control deck with Liliana, Jace and Emrakul. Of course, Liliana and Jace aren't required for the combo but certainly help set it up.

It really depends on the deck your facing, but I find T4 Jace (brainstorm), T5 Time Warp (2 cards from Jace), T6 Time Warp (3 cards from Jace), T7 Brilliant Ultimatum is just devastating.

But now that I think about it, you could really do the same thing with Grixis control and Cruel Ultimatum and not need to hit Emrakul to win. Of course, the difference there is that you don't have Day of Judgment.
Posted By: JaxsonBateman (6/14/2010 2:25:42 AM)


Ok... land, land, land, land, land. *sigh*

I am absolutely sure this has happened somewhere.
Posted By: Totema (5/30/2012 11:21:53 PM)


imagin if you went into another of these or another ultimatum. you will probably win. but the best part is it dosent say you seperate them and the opponit choses. it is the otherway around, so if you hit some thing good like progen then you are going to get it (unless there is a better option, which sense it is free i find that unlikely).
Posted By: bijart_dauth (5/5/2010 8:23:13 PM)


Fun I can see with this card: abusing scrying effects to make sure you have 5 very good cards (possibly more ultimatums) before playing this. The fact that you choose which pile to play from means that if you can stack those top 5 cards, you are guaranteed some fun.

As for how to get such a stacked top 5 cards, excessive use of tutors and "draw X cards, then put Y cards from your hand on top of your library" cards may be in order... might need some way of skipping your draw step as well... hmmph. OK. That's asking kind of a lot.
Posted By: DerStrudelkopf (12/1/2010 12:00:55 AM)


The reason why this has to be so dissappointing much the time is that it is utterly, horrendously broken to the point of being barely printable some of the time:

Imagine that these were the five cards you got:

Cruel Ultimatum
Cruel Ultimatum
Cruel Ultimatum
Cruel Ultimatum
Storm Crow

You're opponent would probably punch you in the face :P

EDIT: Try this in Multiplayer. Now with Planeswalkers!

Player A- casts Brilliant
Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker
Karn Liberated
Sorin, Lord of Innistrad
Garruk Relentless//the Veil Cursed
Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Player B- hates Player C, doesn't think Player A can lose anyway.

Player C- screams many obscenities when all 5 cards are put into one pile.
(0 is a number, and therefore a valid choice for the second pile)
Posted By: DarthParallax (2/14/2012 9:59:49 PM)


the fun part is you get to choose which pile to play. you'll never end up playaing a land and a crappy spell if you don't want to. unless of course you get 5 crappy cards in a row..
Posted By: Supernovae (2/20/2009 7:27:01 AM)


This card is a combo-players dream. It fits right in with my Esper combo deck. Following a Lim-dul's Vault, anyone? Especially if you're playing with multiple combo pieces that cost 6+ mana each, it's definitely a value card.
Posted By: Crash21 (1/17/2012 11:21:23 AM)


In comparison to the others of the cycle, the is only one way this can even hold a candle to Cruel Ultimatum. And that is if there are three Cruels on top of your deck when you cast it (that way your opponent is forced to put two or more into one pile).

Seriously, I have to rate this the lowest of the cycle. There is not even any flavor to support it in Esper. At least Clarion Ultimatum had some sync with Exalted since you could boost your count by 5 (plus any other effects like Angelic Benediction and Finest Hour). A simple fix for that would have been to let you tutor five artifacts out of your deck rather than the random top five.

I get what they were going for, the borderline broken Fact or Fiction. But that card also cost 3 mana less with 1/7th the color weight and at instant speed. No thanks, do not want.
Posted By: OmegaSerris (3/11/2012 7:03:52 PM)


It would be decent I think if you didn't have to cast the spells as part of the resolution of the Ultimatum, so if you could cast them later. At one time I used it and got two counterspells, a Sphinx Summoner and two lands, so what I ended up with was a Sphinx Summoner for seven mana.
Posted By: danitrusca (1/21/2012 6:34:03 AM)


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