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February 2011 Update Bulletin

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Functional Oracle Changes

 What is Oracle?  

Magic is a game made up of over 11,000 interchangeable pieces—the cards. Over the years, we've felt the need to update the wordings of older cards, whether because we've introduced a new keyword, or a card was printed with a mistake, or we have a clearer wording for what a card does, etc. Rather than sneak into your room at night and change your cards with a magic marker, we keep a database of the "modern wordings" (what the cards would say if we printed them today) of every tournament-legal card ever printed. These wordings are considered the official wordings of the cards, and accurately reflect their functions.

You can access a card's Oracle wording by looking it up in Gatherer.

Gargantuan Gorilla, Lim-Dûl's Paladin, Magmasaur
Each of these cards offers you a choice at the beginning of your upkeep: perform some action or sacrifice the permanent with some additional consequence. However, based on the printed wording, that additional consequence shouldn't be contingent on a successful sacrifice. Say you lost control of Magmasaur in response to the triggered ability or it simply left the battlefield. Magmasaur should still do its thing.

There was an additional error with Gargantuan Gorilla. The printed activated ability clearly states "any other target creature," so we're restoring that. Also, we discussed what happens when Gargantuan Gorilla is also a snow Forest, but it turns out to be only hilarious, not relevant.

New Gargantuan Gorilla wording
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may sacrifice a Forest. If you sacrifice a snow Forest this way, Gargantuan Gorilla gains trample until end of turn. If you don't sacrifice a Forest, sacrifice Gargantuan Gorilla and it deals 7 damage to you.
{oT}: Gargantuan Gorilla deals damage equal to its power to another target creature. That creature deals damage equal to its power to Gargantuan Gorilla.

New Lim-Dûl's Paladin wording
Trample
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may discard a card. If you don't, sacrifice Lim-Dûl's Paladin and draw a card.
Whenever Lim-Dûl's Paladin becomes blocked, it gets +6/+3 until end of turn.
Whenever Lim-Dûl's Paladin attacks and isn't blocked, it assigns no combat damage to defending player this turn and that player loses 4 life.

New Magmasaur wording
Magmasaur enters the battlefield with five +1/+1 counters on it.
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may remove a +1/+1 counter from Magmasaur. If you don't, sacrifice Magmasaur and it deals damage equal to the number of +1/+1 counters on it to each creature without flying and each player.

Phyrexian Gremlins
With the reintroduction of the Gremlin creature type in Mirrodin Besieged, the long-lost Phyrexian Gremlins is now a Creature — Gremlin.

Venarian Gold
As printed, the sleep counters were placed on the enchanted creature, not Venarian Gold. This changed along the way, which changes its functionality with respect to many other cards, including Tatterkite and anything that can move an Aura around. We're returning it to reasonably match its printed wording.

New wording
Enchant creature
When Venarian Gold enters the battlefield, tap enchanted creature and put X sleep counters on it.
Enchanted creature doesn't untap during its controller's untap step if it has a sleep counter on it.
At the beginning of the upkeep of enchanted creature's controller, remove a sleep counter from that creature.

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