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February 2011 Update Bulletin

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Nonfunctional Oracle Changes

Bramble Elemental
A change to accommodate cards like Fallowsage and Veteran of the Depths had an unintended consequence with regards to Bramble Elemental. Rule 603.2d states that a trigger event that includes the word "becomes," like Bramble Elemental's, doesn't trigger when an object enters the battlefield in that state. This means that Auras that enter the battlefield attached to Bramble Elemental wouldn't trigger it under its previous wording. That's clearly not correct or intended, so we're beefing up the trigger condition to accommodate.

New wording
Whenever an Aura becomes attached to Bramble Elemental or enters the battlefield attached to Bramble Elemental, put two 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens onto the battlefield.

Cabal Conditioning, Reward the Faithful, Tide of War
Wondering what these three cards could possibly have in common? Subject-verb agreement issues!

New Cabal Conditioning wording
Any number of target players each discard a number of cards equal to the highest converted mana cost among permanents you control.

New Reward the Faithful wording
Any number of target players each gain life equal to the highest converted mana cost among permanents you control.

New Tide of War wording
Whenever one or more creatures block, flip a coin. If you win the flip, each blocking creature is sacrificed by its controller. If you lose the flip, each blocked creature is sacrificed by its controller.

Coalition Relic, Hankyu, Molten Hydra
These three cards had nonstandard ways of referring to their counters and the way in which they were removed.

New Coalition Relic wording
{oT}: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
{oT}: Put a charge counter on Coalition Relic.
At the beginning of your precombat main phase, remove all charge counters from Coalition Relic. Add one mana of any color to your mana pool for each charge counter removed this way.

New Hankyu wording
Equipped creature has "{oT}: Put an aim counter on Hankyu" and "{oT}, Remove all aim counters from Hankyu: This creature deals damage to target creature or player equal to the number of aim counters removed this way."
Equip {o4} ({o4}: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery.)

New Molten Hydra wording
{o1oRoR}: Put a +1/+1 counter on Molten Hydra.
{oT}, Remove all +1/+1 counters from Molten Hydra: Molten Hydra deals damage to target creature or player equal to the number of +1/+1 counters removed this way.

Degavolver
The other four Volvers refer to themselves as "it" on the second time. For some reason (rampant egomania?), Degavolver deviated. Back in line!

New wording
Kicker {o1oB} and/or {oR} (You may pay an additional {o1oB} and/or {oR} as you cast this spell.)
If Degavolver was kicked with its {o1oB} kicker, it enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it and with "Pay 3 life: Regenerate Degavolver."
If Degavolver was kicked with its {oR} kicker, it enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it and with first strike.

Scourge "Dragon" Auras, Fierce Empath, Krosan Drover, Kurgadon
These eight cards referred to a converted mana cost of 6 "or more" instead of the now-standard "or greater."

New Dragon Breath wording (with a similar update for the other four "Dragon" Auras)
Enchant creature
Enchanted creature has haste.
{oR}: Enchanted creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
When a creature with converted mana cost 6 or greater enters the battlefield, you may return Dragon Breath from your graveyard to the battlefield attached to that creature.

New Fierce Empath wording
When Fierce Empath enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a creature card with converted mana cost 6 or greater, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.

New Krosan Drover wording
Creature spells you cast with converted mana cost 6 or greater cost {o2} less to cast.

New Kurgadon wording
Whenever you cast a creature spell with converted mana cost 6 or greater, put three +1/+1 counters on Kurgadon.

Discordant Spirit
The counters should be removed "from" Discordant Spirit.

New wording
At the beginning of each end step, if it's an opponent's turn, put a +1/+1 counter on Discordant Spirit for each 1 damage dealt to you this turn.
At the beginning of your end step, remove all +1/+1 counters from Discordant Spirit.

Elixir of Immortality
We promised some errata to this M11 card back in the July update, but it got lost in the handoff between Mark Gottlieb and myself. As a reminder, it clarifies what happens when you activate the ability of an Elixir of Immortality you control but don't own. Rule 400.3 answers the question with the printed wording, but as Mark said back in July, we don't like relying on players to know that rule.

New wording
{o2}, {oT}: You gain 5 life. Shuffle Elixir of Immortality and your graveyard into their owner's library.

Enlistment Officer and other "bottom of your library" cards
We found a group of cards that put more than one card on the bottom of your library without including the helpful phrase "in any order."

New Enlistment Officer wording
First strike
When Enlistment Officer enters the battlefield, reveal the top four cards of your library. Put all Soldier cards revealed this way into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

Other affected cards: Flash of Insight, Impulse, Kavu Howler, Prophetic Bolt, Sylvan Messenger, Tidal Courier

Ersatz Gnomes
Other cards that make a spell or permanent colorless use the friendlier verb "becomes," and we think this one should too.

New wording
{oT}: Target spell becomes colorless.
{oT}: Target permanent becomes colorless until end of turn.

Feast or Famine & Ritual of the Machine
More cards use the targeting restriction "nonartifact, nonblack" than the reverse, so we'll bring these two cards in line as well.

New Feast or Famine wording
Choose one — Put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token onto the battlefield; or destroy target nonartifact, nonblack creature and it can't be regenerated.

New Ritual of the Machine wording
As an additional cost to cast Ritual of the Machine, sacrifice a creature.
Gain control of target nonartifact, nonblack, creature.

Greater Werewolf
Even more gruesome than the art on this card is the fact that it's trying to put a single -0/-2 counter on all those creatures! Changing it to "each" should take care of that problem.

New wording
At end of combat, put a -0/-2 counter on each creature blocking or blocked by Greater Werewolf.

Imprison
There were two small issues with this card: the creatures only blocked by the enchanted creature becoming unblocked is clearly only supposed to happen if you pay the 1 Mana. But having it as its own sentence confused that issue, so it's being folded into the preceding sentence. Also, the sentence that tells you the consequences of not paying referred to the cost again, which is unusual.

New wording
Enchant creature
Whenever a player activates an ability of enchanted creature with {oT} in its activation cost that isn't a mana ability, you may pay {o1}. If you do, counter that ability. If you don't, destroy Imprison.
Whenever enchanted creature attacks or blocks, you may pay {o1}. If you do, tap the creature, remove it from combat, and creatures it was blocking that had become blocked by only that creature this combat become unblocked. If you don't, destroy Imprison.

Invigorate, Reverent Silence, Skyshroud Cutter
We created a slightly clearer template for these cards that allow other plays to gain life as an alternative cost.

New Invigorate wording
If you control a Forest, rather than pay Invigorate's mana cost, you may have an opponent gain 3 life.
Target creature gets +4/+4 until end of turn.

New Reverent Silence wording
If you control a Forest, rather than pay Reverent Silence's mana cost, you may have each other player gain 6 life.
Destroy all enchantments.

New Skyshroud Cutter wording
If you control a Forest, rather than pay Skyshroud Cutter's mana cost, you may have each other player gain 5 life.

Last-Ditch Effort
We're going to simplify this one a bit and bring it closer to Landslide.

New wording
Sacrifice any number of creatures. Last-Ditch Effort deals that much damage to target creature or player.

Pyre Zombie
Because it uses an intervening-if clause, Pyre Zombie's triggered ability can only trigger if Pyre Zombie is in your graveyard both when it triggers and when it resolves. This makes restating where you are returning it from redundant.

New wording
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Pyre Zombie is in your graveyard, you may pay {o1oBoB}. If you do, return Pyre Zombie to your hand.
{o1oRoR}, Sacrifice Pyre Zombie: Pyre Zombie deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

Rise from the Grave
When we made the change on cards to say you're returning a card "from the graveyard" instead of "in the graveyard," we forgot to include this card. This is especially weird as the change is pretty much spelled out in the card's name!

New wording
Put target creature card from a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control. That creature is a black Zombie in addition to its other colors and types.

Skullclamp
Like other equipment that can trigger multiple times for successive equipped creatures going to the graveyard from the battlefield, Skullclamp should also use "whenever."

New wording
Equipped creature gets +1/-1.
Whenever equipped creature is put into a graveyard, draw two cards.
Equip {o1} ({o1}: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card enters the battlefield unattached and stays on the battlefield if the creature leaves.)

Sokenzan Renegade, Thoughtbound Primoc
These two cards were given the same treatment we gave Wild Dogs and friends. This clarifies who ultimately ends up controlling the creature if the player with the most life (or creatures or cards in hand, etc.) when the ability triggers isn't the same player when the ability resolves.

New Sokenzan Renegade wording
Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)
At the beginning of your upkeep, if a player has more cards in hand than each other player, the player who has the most cards in hand gains control of Sokenzan Renegade.

New Thoughtbound Primoc wording
Flying
At the beginning of your upkeep, if a player controls more Wizards than each other player, the player who controls the most Wizards gains control of Thoughtbound Primoc.

Transmute Artifact
In the last update, I made a typo. In this update, I fix a typo!

New wording
Sacrifice an artifact. If you do, search your library for an artifact card. If that card's converted mana cost is less than or equal to the sacrificed artifact's converted mana cost, put it onto the battlefield. If it's greater, you may pay {oX}, where X is the difference. If you do, put it onto the battlefield. If you don't, put it into its owner's graveyard. Then shuffle your library.

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