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Cataclysm from 'From the Vault: Annihilation'

Cataclysm
Cataclysm
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Originally printed in Urza's Saga, Cataclysm is one of 15 legendary Magic: The Gathering cards featured in Wizards of the Coast's From the Vault: Annihilation. Not quite a Wrath of God or Armageddon, despite creating equal conditions the result of successfully resolving a Cataclysm is anything but fair when used properly.

Cataclysm - 2WW
Sorcery - (Mythic Rare)
Each player chooses from among the permanents he or she controls an artifact, a creature, an enchantment, and a land, then sacrifices the rest.
"Keep with you only this much: your mount, your blade, and your wits. The rest you find, build, or take."
-Horse clans' wisdom

One of the best ways to abuse Cataclysm is to ensure that your deck is loaded with cards that count as multiple card types. For example, a player could have three Mishra's Factory in play after casting Cataclysm because when activated it counts as an artifact and a creature. How? You'd choose one Mishra's Factory as a land, a second as a creature, and third as an artifact. Two recent lands with multiple types to abuse with Cataclysm are Darksteel Citadel which counts as an artifact and Mutavualt which easily becomes a creature.

Of course having an artifact which can produce multiple mana such as Sol Ring, Thran Dynamo, or Gilded Lotus will allow you to continue casting your spells.

Enchantments like Assemble the Legion pack a powerful punch when the board has been reset. Thanks to the Theros block there's now plenty of enchantment creatures to abuse with Cataclysm so that you have more threats than your opponent. Let's also not forget about bestow cards like Boon Satyr and Celestial Archon, which will become creatures when you sacrifice the creatures they're enchanting.

Cards like Gift of Immortality will allow you to return sacrificed creatures back onto the battlefield. Don't forget about persist creatures such as Strangleroot Geist and Vorapede.

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