In an EDH (Commander) game recently, Alice used Thada Adel, Acquisitor to steal an artifact out of Bob's deck, the Elixir of Immortality, and cast it.

That artifact's ability says:

{2}, {T}: You gain 5 life. Shuffle Elixir of Immortality and your graveyard into your library.

When Alice uses that ability, what happens to the artifact? Does it go into Bob's graveyard or get shuffled into Alice's library? Does Alice still even shuffle her graveyard into her library and gain 5 life?

Thada Adel, Acquisitor Elixir of Immortality

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    Those are Magic cards? Wow, those have changed since I used to play back in the days of the Revised Edition. Dec 22, 2010 at 22:39
  • Yeah, those are both cards that have come out in the last year or so. The design is really nice.
    – joshdick
    Dec 23, 2010 at 15:24

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It goes into Bob's library (the owner of the card).

From the Comprehensive Rules:

400.3. If an object would go to any library, graveyard, or hand other than its owner’s, it goes to its owner’s corresponding zone.

There is also specific errata on the Elixir

Elixir of Immortality - {1} Artifact {2}, {T}: You gain 5 life. Shuffle Elixir of Immortality and your graveyard into their owner's library.

This new wording correctly instructs the player as to what to do in the case where the controller of the ability does not own Elixir of Immortality.

Please pass this information on to other interested parties who may not have received it.

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    You would still shuffle your own graveyard into your library as well as gain 5 life though, I imagine. Dec 29, 2010 at 4:11
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    Note that the Oracle wording is always the current and correct wording of a card; don't necessarily trust what's printed on the card.
    – GendoIkari
    Jul 23, 2016 at 21:15

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