Orcish Spy versus CR 401.4

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CR 401.4:
If an effect puts two or more cards on the top or bottom of a library at the same time, the owner of those cards may arrange them in any order. That library’s owner doesn’t reveal the order in which the cards go into his or her library.

Do Orcish Spy + CR 101.1 (The Golden Rule of Magic) bypass CR 401.4?

CR 101.1:
Whenever a card’s text directly contradicts these rules, the card takes precedence. The card
overrides only the rule that applies to that specific situation. The only exception is that a player can
concede the game at any time (see rule 104.3a).

Rules Advisor

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Orcish Spy allows you to look at the 3 cards
you are not allowed to change their order

they also never left the library, as such 401.4 does not apply
proud member of the 2011 community team
I would say no.

The spy is not putting cards in the library, you are looking at them, but technically they never leave the library.
MTG Rules Advisor
Revealing something is not the same as putting it there. You get to look, but not manipulate.

Standard Answer to all 5E rules questions: "Ask your DM."

Even so, cards overrule the rulebook, so there could be a card that manipulates your opponent's library and there would be no issue.

Rules Advisor

Please autocard: [c]Shard Phoenix[/c] = Shard Phoenix.

there could be a card that manipulates your opponent's library

Natural Selection

No, I am not a judge. That's why I like to quote sources such as the rules that trump judges.

[C]Natural Selection[/C] does not override 401.4 (which deals with putting cards on top or bottom of a library), but [C]Agonizing Memories[/C] does.

Both cards do say «put [the cards on Lib]»...


Wizards of the Coast: outsourced to Elbonia

Sure, but agonizing memories moves a card from the hand to the library, while with natural selection they never leave the library.
All Generalizations are Bad
Oops, hadn't read the Oracle text. That said, I'm still not sure Natural Selection qualifies. The cards never left the top of the library, so they weren't actually "put on top of the library" so much as "put in order". Agonizing Memories is an unambiguous example.
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