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September 2011 Update Bulletin

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Nonfunctional Oracle Changes

New Keyword Action: Fight
Fight is a new evergreen term, meaning that it can and will show up outside of the Innistrad block. When two creatures fight, each deals damage equal to its power to the other creature. Looking back, there are actually quite a few cards that are close to fighting but differ in one way or another, so they won't be getting a shiny new template. For two creatures to fight, the damage must be simultaneous and exactly two creatures must be involved.

Here are the ones that are changing:

New Arena wording
{o3}, {oT}: Tap target creature you control and target creature of an opponent's choice he or she controls. Those creatures fight each other. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.)

New Contested Cliffs wording
{oT}: Add {o1} to your mana pool.
{oRoG}, {oT}: Choose target Beast creature you control and target creature an opponent controls. Those creatures fight each other. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.)

New Magus of the Arena wording
{o3}, {oT}: Tap target creature you control and target creature of an opponent's choice he or she controls. Those creatures fight each other. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.)

New Rivals' Duel wording
Choose two target creatures that share no creature types. Those creatures fight each other. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.)

New Triangle of War wording
{o2}, Sacrifice Triangle of War: Choose target creature you control and target creature an opponent controls. Those creatures fight each other. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.)

Hall of the Bandit Lord & Friends
The temporal mechanics on this card always kind of baffled me. If you activate the mana ability outside of casting a creature spell, the mana has this rider kind of hanging onto it waiting for you to spend the mana. Then, when you spend it on a creature spell, it says the creature (which doesn't exist yet) has haste. Hopefully this new wording cleans this up a bit. Also, there are three other cards that put a creature card onto the battlefield that say that creature "has haste." It's technically correct (the best kind of correct) to say it "gains haste."

New Hall of the Bandit Lord wording
Hall of the Bandit Lord enters the battlefield tapped.
{oT}, Pay 3 life: Add {o1} to your mana pool. If that mana is spent on a creature spell, it gains haste.

New Impromptu Raid wording
{o2}{o(r/g)}: Reveal the top card of your library. If it isn't a creature card, put it into your graveyard. Otherwise, put that card onto the battlefield. That creature gains haste. Sacrifice it at the beginning of the next end step.

New Puppeteer Clique wording
Flying
When Puppeteer Clique enters the battlefield, put target creature card from an opponent's graveyard onto the battlefield under your control. It gains haste. At the beginning of your next end step, exile it.
Persist (When this creature dies, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to the battlefield under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)

New Treacherous Urge wording
Target opponent reveals his or her hand. You may put a creature card from it onto the battlefield under your control. That creature gains haste. Sacrifice it at the beginning of the next end step.

Rally the Horde
The changes we made to this card in the last update were so amusing that I just wanted to see them again. Okay, not really. Cards that repeat a process shouldn't repeat it until a condition that may never occur. This card did, so we reworked it slightly.

New Rally the Horde wording
Exile the top card of your library. Exile the top card of your library. Exile the top card of your library. If the last card exiled isn't a land, repeat this process. Put a 1/1 red Warrior creature token onto the battlefield for each nonland card exiled this way.

Burning of Xinye
This Portal Three Kingdoms favorite used a confusing template that was misleading as to who made choices and what was actually destroying the lands.

New Burning of Xinye wording
Choose four lands you control and destroy those lands. Then target opponent chooses four lands he or she controls. Destroy those lands. Then Burning of Xinye deals 4 damage to each creature.

Lim-Dûl's Vault
We've been adding a helpful "in any order" when instructing a player to put multiple cards on the bottom of his or her library, so we should do so here.

New Lim-Dûl's Vault wording
Look at the top five cards of your library. As many times as you choose, you may pay 1 life, put those cards on the bottom of your library in any order, then look at the top five cards of your library. Then shuffle your library and put the last cards you looked at this way on top of it in any order.

Rite of Replication
This card had a nonstandard way of putting a token onto the battlefield that's a copy of another creature.

New Rite of Replication wording
Kicker {o5} (You may pay an additional {o5} as you cast this spell.)
Put a token that's a copy of target creature onto the battlefield. If Rite of Replication was kicked, put five of those tokens onto the battlefield instead.

Gathan Raiders
Durations like the one found on Gathan Raiders typically say "as long as" the stated condition is true. This one differed and said "if," so we're bringing it in line.

New Gathan Raiders wording
Hellbent — Gathan Raiders gets +2/+2 as long as you have no cards in hand.
Morph—Discard a card. (You may cast this face down as a 2/2 creature for {o3}. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

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