Deck Highlight: Historic Sultai Ultimatum


Historic Sultai Ultimatum by Leon Milton

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Leon Milton went 6-0 in the latest SCG satellite with Sultai Ultimatum. That alone wouldn’t be worth highlighting if it wasn’t for the fact that this wasn’t in Standard – it was in Historic!


ExploreMigration Path


The upgrades over the Standard deck are mostly in the mana base, where you get to play shocklands. However, adding Explore, which in combination with Wolfwillow Haven lets you cast Migration Path on turn three, can sometimes lead to Emergent Ultimatum on turn four.


Narset, Parter of VeilsShadows' Verdict


Narset, Parter of Veils is another nice addition, which lets you find Ultimatum or sweepers. I especially like Shadows’ Verdict for Historic right now because it’s great against Jund Sacrifice, where you get to exile all their Cauldron Familiars, Scrapheap Scroungers and they don’t even get to draw any cards off of Midnight Reaper.


Nissa, Who Shakes the WorldLiliana, Dreadhorde GeneralMastermind's Acquisition


Nissa, Who Shakes the World, Liliana, Dreadhorde General and Mastermind’s Acquisition add some spice for your Ultimatum piles, while all just being solid cards on their own, even if you draw them.


Thoughtseize (Timeshifted)Grafdigger's Cage


The sideboard offers some extremely impactful cards in the form of Thoughtseize and Grafdigger’s Cage.



Overall, it looks like you can make a good Historic deck by just adding a few cards into your Standard deck, which is always nice if you want to get into a new format without having to invest too much. The shocklands aren’t even that necessary because the Standard mana base already works just fine – they just make Nissa a little bit better. 

I’m sure this deck can still be improved because Historic offers a huge amount of possible upgrades, so if you were previously playing Sultai or like this style of deck, you can definitely give it a try!


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