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Oracle Changes

 What is Oracle?  

Magic is a game made up of more than 13,000 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.

Animal Boneyard (nonfunctional)

This card deviated slightly from the standard template, seen on cards like Diamond Valley. In the effect of an activated ability, we usually refer to a creature sacrificed in the activation cost as "the sacrificed creature."

Old wording:
Enchant land

Enchanted land has "{oT}, Sacrifice a creature: You gain life equal to that creature's toughness."

New wording:
Enchant land

Enchanted land has "{oT}, Sacrifice a creature: You gain life equal to the sacrificed creature's toughness."




Blood Speaker (functional, but no one will think so)

Technically, the last sentence in the first ability fell outside the purview of the "if you do." So strictly speaking, you'd shuffle your library at the beginning of each of your upkeeps. Of course this is absurd, so we're consolidating sentences so there's no confusion.

Old wording:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may sacrifice Blood Speaker. If you do, search your library for a Demon card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

Whenever a Demon enters the battlefield under your control, return Blood Speaker from your graveyard to your hand.

New wording:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may sacrifice Blood Speaker. If you do, search your library for a Demon card, reveal that card, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.

Whenever a Demon enters the battlefield under your control, return Blood Speaker from your graveyard to your hand.




Shanodin Dryads (functional)

Now that Nymph is (once again) a creature type; the one card that was originally printed as a Nymph, Shanodin Dryads, should also be one.

Old creature type:
Dryad

New creature type:
Nymph Dryad




Talara's Bane (nonfunctional)

This card was missing the word "to."

Old wording:
Target opponent reveals his or her hand. You choose a green or white creature card from it. You gain life equal that creature card's toughness, then that player discards that card.

New wording:
Target opponent reveals his or her hand. You choose a green or white creature card from it. You gain life equal to that creature card's toughness, then that player discards that card.

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