April 2009 Update Bulletin

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The letter T!he Alara Reborn Prerelease is just a couple of days away, and I am super excited about it. Let me let you in on a little secret about Alara Reborn ... I love this set. I've been pushing the idea of an "all-gold set" around here for years (though, oddly, no one ever thinks I'm serious when I say these things), and when it finally got the green light, I was privileged enough to be right at the heart of it. I've got my grubby little fingerprints all over its cards; it's certainly the Gottliebiest set to date (though, make no mistake, it's quite Forsythey, Jansonesque, and Tinsmanic as well). I'm immensely proud of it, and I can't wait for you folks to play with it.

But before the Prerelease rolls around (I'll be at the Seattle event at Safeco Field), I get to roll up my sleeves and be the Magic mechanic, tightening the pipes and flushing out the valves to keep the inner workings of the game running smoothly. That means updates to the Oracle card database, as well as the Comprehensive Rules.

These updates happen only when a new set is released, so corrections or improvements that have come to our attention over the past few months are being implemented now. In addition, some rules changes are necessary to make the new cards work.

Changes to the Oracle card database will go into effect on Friday, April 24.

Changes to the Comprehensive Rules will take effect shortly thereafter, though any changes that are necessary for Alara Reborn cards to work will be in effect during the Prerelease. Bear in mind, however, that the new version of the Comp. Rules has not yet been finalized, so the listed amendments are subject to change.

Things are pretty low-key this time around, with the most memorable change probably being the elimination of the power-level errata on Frenetic Efreet. In giddy anticipation of this glorious event, Aaron Forsythe sent me the following (very tongue-in-cheek) email:

From the people that brought you

Flash / Protean Hulk

Stifle / Phyrexian Dreadnought


Tezzeret the Seeker / Time Vault


Chance Encounter / Frenetic Efreet!

The Alara Reborn Oracle Update!

Riiiiight. As always, this update was a group effort, and that group includes you. I don't spend my days reading the Comp. Rules and scanning Oracle, but whenever someone emails me a problem or posts a suggestion to the Update Bulletin message board, I make sure to check it out.

The next update is tied to Magic 2010, and that one ... well, it's going to be a doozy. I'll be posting more about it as it approaches. For the time being, I'm going to roll around on a big pile of Alara Reborn cards. Clothed, of course. Totally clothed.

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