Punishing Fire | Magic: The Gathering
Formats Punishing Fire is Legal in
Official Oracle Text for Punishing Fire
Whenever an opponent gains life, you may pay . If you do, return Punishing Fire from your graveyard to your hand.
Official Rulings for Punishing Fire
10/1/2009 : You choose whether to pay as the triggered ability resolves.
10/1/2009 : If Punishing Fire has left your graveyard by the time its triggered ability resolves, you may still pay , but you won't return it to your hand. This is true even if Punishing Fire has left your graveyard and returned to it by the time its triggered ability resolves.