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Oracle

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For the article about the fictional character, see Oracle en-Vec.

The Oracle is a database of every printed Magic card and their current wordings. This is especially necessary for old cards that do not use modern formatting of their text in order to make them understandable.

Four times a year, coinciding with the set releases, the Oracle is updated in order to incorporate rules changes or, rarely, functional changes to cards that do not work as intended.

One of the biggest changes made to the Oracle was the Grand Creature Type Update, affecting almost 1,200 cards.[1] Another one, affecting about 300 cards, was the introduction of the colorless mana symbol with Oath of the Gatewatch.[2]

Oracle can be consulted via Gatherer.

Rules[edit | edit source]

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (July 12, 2019—Core Set 2020)

Oracle
The reference that contains the up-to-date wordings (in English) for all tournament-legal cards. A card’s Oracle text can be found using the Gatherer card database at Gatherer.Wizards.com. See rule 108.1.

From the Comprehensive Rules (July 12, 2019—Core Set 2020)

  • 108.1. Use the Oracle card reference when determining a card’s wording. A card’s Oracle text can be found using the Gatherer card database at Gatherer.Wizards.com.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Gottlieb (September 26, 2007). "Lorwyn Update Bulletin". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Alli Medwin (January 27, 2016). "The Costs of Costs". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.

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