July 2011 Update Bulletin

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Nonfunctional Oracle Changes

As I mentioned in the last Update Bulletin, the Magic 2012 Core Set introduces the new term "dies." It means "is put into a graveyard from the battlefield" and is used only when referencing a creature. In total, 403 cards were updated.

Awakener Druid
The Forest-animating effect lasts "for as long as Awakener Druid is on the battlefield." Other cards use the phrase "remains on the battlefield" to describe this duration, so we're lining this one up.

New Awakener Druid wording:
When Awakener Druid enters the battlefield, target Forest becomes a 4/5 green Treefolk creature for as long as Awakener Druid remains on the battlefield. It's still a land.

Evaporate's previous template ("Evaporate deals 1 damage to each creature that's white or blue.") might be confusing when looking at a creature that is both white and blue. We feel Ember Gale did this better.

New Evaporate wording:
Evaporate deals 1 damage to each white and/or blue creature.

When referring to the owner(s) of multiple permanents, we tend to use the singular possessive (owner's) if it's most likely a single player will be the owner of all of them. We use the plural possessive (owners') if it's most likely to be multiple players. Neither is incorrect; it's just a style choice. Ghostway bucked the trend a bit, so we're bringing it back in line

New Ghostway wording:
Exile each creature you control. Return those cards to the battlefield under their owner's control at the beginning of the next end step.

Godo, Bandit Warlord
Godo used a quaint but nonstandard way to describe the addition of an additional combat phase. We're going to change it to the usual way of doing this.

New Godo, Bandit Warlord wording:
When Godo, Bandit Warlord enters the battlefield, you may search your library for an Equipment card and put it onto the battlefield. If you do, shuffle your library.
Whenever Godo attacks for the first time each turn, untap it and all Samurai you control. After this phase, there is an additional combat phase.

Higure, the Still Wind; Multani, Maro-Sorcerer; Rashka the Slayer
Rule 201.4c states that legendary creatures are always referred to using their complete names on first references. A shortened form may be used on second reference. For various reasons, these three cards deviated from that rule.

New Higure, the Still Wind wording:
Ninjutsu {o2oUoU} ({o2oUoU}, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand: Put this card onto the battlefield from your hand tapped and attacking.)
Whenever Higure, the Still Wind deals combat damage to a player, you may search your library for a Ninja card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library.
{o2}: Target Ninja creature is unblockable this turn.

New Multani, Maro-Sorcerer wording:
Shroud (This permanent can't be the target of spells or abilities.)
Multani, Maro-Sorcerer's power and toughness are each equal to the total number of cards in all players' hands.

New Rashka the Slayer wording:
Reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.)
Whenever Rashka the Slayer blocks one or more black creatures, Rashka gets +1/+2 until end of turn.

Irini Sengir
Everyone's favorite Vampire Dwarf causes "white enchantment spells and green enchantment spells" to cost 2 Mana more to cast. The usual order for these colors is green and then white.

New Irini Sengir wording:
Green enchantment spells and white enchantment spells cost {o2} more to cast.

Island Fish Jasconius
I mentioned we'd be changing this card on Twitter and I received responses ranging from "Is it going to be an Island?" to "Are you bringing back islandhome?" to "Is it going to be a planeswalker?" Um, no. Just moving around its abilities so they appear in a more natural order. Not only might this make it easier to parse on Magic Online, but I'm fairly sure changing Island Fish Jasconius gets me Rules Manager Points or something.

New Island Fish Jasconius wording:
Island Fish Jasconius doesn't untap during your untap step.
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may pay {oUoUoU}. If you do, untap Island Fish Jasconius.
Island Fish Jasconius can't attack unless defending player controls an Island.
When you control no Islands, sacrifice Island Fish Jasconius.

As the old saying goes, you can't touch Island Fish Jasconius without touching Marjhan.

New Marjhan wording:
Marjhan doesn't untap during your untap step.
{oUoU}, Sacrifice a creature: Untap Marjhan. Activate this ability only during your upkeep.
Marjhan can't attack unless defending player controls an Island.
{oUoU}: Marjhan gets -1/-0 until end of turn and deals 1 damage to target attacking creature without flying.
When you control no Islands, sacrifice Marjhan.

Pyramids prevents a land from being destroyed by replacing it with removing all damage from it instead. We usually see this line in the reminder text of regeneration and totem armor. It's fine for reminder text, but for rules text we'd prefer the technically correct term "marked." Only Ogre Enforcer has used this term before, and I don't expect it'll show up on any printed cards, but it is appropriate here.

New Pyramids wording:
{o2}: Choose one — Destroy target Aura attached to a land; or the next time target land would be destroyed this turn, remove all damage marked on it instead.

Serpent Generator
This card had an unusual way of referring to a token creature it had just created in order to give it an ability. Other cards just use "it."

New Serpent Generator wording:
{o4}, {oT}: Put a 1/1 colorless Snake artifact creature token onto the battlefield. It has "Whenever this creature deals damage to a player, that player gets a poison counter." (A player with ten or more poison counters loses the game.)

Shade's Breath
Shade's Breath originally separated the color-changing and creature type-changing parts of its effect because the rules at the time would try to apply them together, causing some weird corner-case interactions. The current layer system allows us to combine them into a more natural wording without changing how the card works.

New Shade's Breath wording:
Until end of turn, each creature you control becomes a black Shade and gains "{oB}: This creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn."

Skyshroud Elf
The demon that reverses the order of colored mana symbols strikes again. Begone, foul villain!

New Skyshroud Elf wording:
{oT}: Add {oG} to your mana pool.
{o1}: Add {oR} or {oW} to your mana pool.

Titania's Song
Effects that cause something to lose all abilities usually say just that: "loses all abilities." Titania's Song caused each noncreature artifact to "lose its abilities." We'll just adjust a few notes and line those up.

New Titania's Song wording:
Each noncreature artifact loses all abilities and becomes an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its converted mana cost. If Titania's Song leaves the battlefield, this effect continues until end of turn.

Rise from the Grave and Skullclamp
These two cards were in Magic: The Gathering Commander decks, which inadvertently reversed their changes from February. Rise from the Grave now returns a card "from" the graveyard, and Skullclamp uses "whenever" once again.

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