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I love how they italicize outside the game. They're like, "Yeah, that's right, take a look at what WE put on this card! Is that not the coolest effect you've EVER SEEN? Hell yeah, dawg!"
Posted By: ratchet1215 (8/28/2009 10:30:56 AM)



If you look carefully, the original card is a mono artifact. Back in the day, they diddn't put tap symbol onto artifacts, they just gave them different distinctions.

Mono Artifact meant that you could only use it once per turn. (Ex: Glasses of Urza)
Poly Artifact meant that you could use it multiple times in one turn. (Ex: Iron Star)
Continuous Artifact meant that it had an effect that was always working. (Ex:Ankh of Mishra)

The change came during Revised Edition, when the stack was invented, and all Mono Artifacts were reprinted with tap symbols. (Poly and Continuous were simply reprinted without the Distinctions, as they were no longer necessary.)
Posted By: StuartHamilton (2/22/2010 8:39:18 AM)


Also note the part of the Arabian Nights wording, which states: "( ... ) This card can be any card you have that you're not using in your deck or that for some reason has left the game"
When translating that part into proper Oracle text, it should actually be "( ... ) choose a card you own from outside the game or an exiled card you own"
Yet i guess since the Arabian Nights wording also stated "( ... ) select one of your cards from outside the game", they simply ignored the second part since that one was once also true for all Wishes.
But i think this card should be able to return exiled cards as well, that's pretty much what the original wording stated, and normally Wizards tries to make the Oracle wording as similar as it can get.
Posted By: Mode (12/31/2009 4:24:09 AM)


Prototype Portal it. Play every card you own eventually.
Posted By: Averyck (1/19/2012 10:41:00 AM)


@achilleselbow: You win seven internets.
Posted By: Tiggurix (7/1/2010 1:28:48 PM)


It's been a while, but I believe I remember reading an article right here on mtg.com, pre-M10, that said you could get a non-Magic card into your hand with Death Wish. It'd be treated as a blank card, and since it didn't have a type you couldn't cast it. This would be the same as Death Wish, I assume.
Posted By: Tanaka348 (7/13/2010 8:10:57 PM)


Fun fact: Ma'ruf is Arabic for knowledge. So Ring of Ma'ruf means "Ring of knowledge."
Posted By: Donovann (1/1/2011 4:34:18 PM)


Combo with Rings of Brighthearth for the win!
Posted By: cathode01 (3/15/2011 1:58:46 AM)


If used in a tournament setting, you can only retrieve cards from your sideboard.
Back in the day, I used this to get my Magic the Gathering backed Ace of Spades in a casual game as a joke.
Posted By: markarmor (4/11/2011 6:36:55 PM)


This goes in my accent deck. And in my italicized deck, along with il-kor.
Posted By: azure_drake222222 (2/3/2013 4:43:06 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!