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Oracle Changes

 What is Oracle?  

Magic is a game made up of more than 12,000 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.

Book Burning, Cloudhoof Kirin, Foreshadow, Grindstone, and Predict

Don't worry, this update has nothing to do with a player having Book Burning. When an instruction involves putting cards from the top of a library into a graveyard, the person performing the action is pretty arbitrary. Still, we generally prefer the owner of that library do it unless there's a specific reason to deviate. Book Burning and four other cards had no such reason, so we're changing them to have the owner handle it.

Previous Book Burning wording
Any player may have Book Burning deal 6 damage to him or her. If no one does, put the top six cards of target player's library into his or her graveyard.

New Book Burning wording
Any player may have Book Burning deal 6 damage to him or her. If no one does, target player puts the top six cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.

Previous Cloudhoof Kirin wording
Flying
Whenever you cast a Spirit or Arcane spell, you may put the top X cards of target player's library into his or her graveyard, where X is that spell's converted mana cost.

New Cloudhoof Kirin wording
Flying
Whenever you cast a Spirit or Arcane spell, you may have target player put the top X cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard, where X is that spell's converted mana cost.

Previous Foreshadow wording
Name a card, then put the top card of target opponent's library into his or her graveyard. If that card is the named card, you draw a card.
Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.

New Foreshadow wording
Name a card, then target opponent puts the top card of his or her library into his or her graveyard. If that card is the named card, you draw a card.
Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.

Previous Grindstone wording
{o3}, {oT}: Put the top two cards of target player's library into that player's graveyard. If both cards share a color, repeat this process.

New Grindstone wording
{o3}, {oT}: Target player puts the top two cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard. If both cards share a color, repeat this process.

Previous Predict wording
Name a card, then put the top card of target player's library into his or her graveyard. If that card is the named card, you draw two cards. Otherwise, you draw a card.

New Predict wording
Name a card, then target player puts the top card of his or her library into his or her graveyard. If that card is the named card, you draw two cards. Otherwise, you draw a card.

Revenant Patriarch & Shrieking Grotesque

These two were part of a cycle that ran throughout the original Ravnica block: monocolored cards that rewarded you if you used a second color of mana to pay for them. Nothing functional here, we're just going to tighten up these two cards by using "it" instead of the card's name on second reference. Two other cards from this cycle, Gruul Scrapper and Steamcore Weird, almost got this update, but we weren't in love with the "it, it" construction that would result.

Previous Revenant Patriarch wording
When Revenant Patriarch enters the battlefield, if {oW} was spent to cast Revenant Patriarch, target player skips his or her next combat phase.
Revenant Patriarch can't block.

New Revenant Patriarch wording
When Revenant Patriarch enters the battlefield, if {oW} was spent to cast it, target player skips his or her next combat phase.
Revenant Patriarch can't block.

Previous Shrieking Grotesque wording
Flying
When Shrieking Grotesque enters the battlefield, if {oB} was spent to cast Shrieking Grotesque, target player discards a card.

New Shrieking Grotesque wording
Flying
When Shrieking Grotesque enters the battlefield, if {oB} was spent to cast it, target player discards a card.

Crystal Spray & Whim of Volrath

These two cards create a text-changing effect, changing all instances of one color word with another or one basic land type with another. Their template could be misread to think you could change a color word to a basic land type. As we're not fans of redwalk or protection from Swamp, we'll be changing the templates on these two to match Mind Bend.

Previous Crystal Spray wording
Change the text of target spell or permanent by replacing all instances of one color word or basic land type with another until end of turn.
Draw a card.

New Crystal Spray wording
Change the text of target spell or permanent by replacing all instances of one color word with another or one basic land type with another until end of turn.
Draw a card.

Previous Whim of Volrath wording
Buyback {o2} (You may pay an additional {o2} as you cast this spell. If you do, put this card into your hand as it resolves.)
Change the text of target permanent by replacing all instances of one color word or basic land type with another until end of turn. (For example, you may change "nonred creature" to "nongreen creature" or "plainswalk" to "swampwalk.")

New Whim of Volrath wording
Buyback {o2} (You may pay an additional {o2} as you cast this spell. If you do, put this card into your hand as it resolves.)
Change the text of target permanent by replacing all instances of one color word with another or one basic land type with another until end of turn. (For example, you may change "nonred creature" to "nongreen creature" or "plainswalk" to "swampwalk.")

Bramble Elemental

In the beginning, Bramble Elemental was printed, and it was good. Then, I studied rule 603.2d, and I came to the logical conclusion that if "becomes attached" was being used in a trigger condition, then it couldn't trigger when an Aura entered the battlefield attached to Bramble Elemental. So Bramble Elemental received some admittedly ugly errata. I wasn't completely satisfied with it, so I continued to think about it every once in a while. Finally, I realized that the rule was written too broadly and adjusted it to more precisely define the types of triggers we want to not trigger when a permanent entered the battlefield in a certain state (like Judge of Currents not triggering when a Merfolk entered the battlefield tapped). With that new rule in place, Bramble Elemental can go back to its happy place.

Previous Bramble Elemental 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.

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

Seeds of Innocence

The printed wording gives no indication that the life gain should be dependent on successfully destroying the artifacts, so we're changing the wording to reflect that. Fans of Darksteel Forge and lifegain can rejoice now. I guess?

Previous Seeds of Innocence wording
Destroy all artifacts. They can't be regenerated. The controller of each artifact destroyed this way gains life equal to its converted mana cost.

New Seeds of Innocence wording
Destroy all artifacts. They can't be regenerated. The controller of each of those artifacts gains life equal to its converted mana cost.

Roots of Life

You take the good, you take the bad, you take two basic land types in the first ability that were pluralized but shouldn't have been so we fixed it, and there you have the Roots of Life, the Roots of Life...

Previous Roots of Life wording
As Roots of Life enters the battlefield, choose Islands or Swamps.
Whenever a land of the chosen type an opponent controls becomes tapped, you gain 1 life.

New Roots of Life wording
As Roots of Life enters the battlefield, choose Island or Swamp.
Whenever a land of the chosen type an opponent controls becomes tapped, you gain 1 life.

Death Cloud

Managing Editor Del Laugel brought this card to my attention one day, then I replied I thought it had the same template as Smallpox, then I looked up Smallpox, then I wondered what all the extra instances of "then" were all about, then I decided to get rid of them, then I wrote this update. This isn't a functional change. The four parts are still sequential.

Previous Death Cloud wording
Each player loses X life, then discards X cards, then sacrifices X creatures, then sacrifices X lands.

New Death Cloud wording
Each player loses X life, discards X cards, sacrifices X creatures, then sacrifices X lands.

Intuition

Another minor cosmetic update—this card had an extra "any" that the standard template for searching your library for cards doesn't.

Previous Intuition wording
Search your library for any three cards and reveal them. Target opponent chooses one. Put that card into your hand and the rest into your graveyard. Then shuffle your library.

New Intuition wording
Search your library for three cards and reveal them. Target opponent chooses one. Put that card into your hand and the rest into your graveyard. Then shuffle your library.

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