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Pojo's Magic The Gathering
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Birds of Paradise
Base Sets

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 4.26 (8 Reviews)
Limited: 3.18 (8 Reviews)
Reviewed April 10, 2002

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An afterthought card thrown in because some extra artwork (originally meant for Tropical Island), Birds of Paradise allows for 5cG decks to work. It allows for turn 2 three drops. It allows XcG decks to run rampant in the metagame. Its an all around solid card. In limited, its only value is how much you can use it to trade with, most likely a 2 or 3. In constructed, its very powerful. 3.5.


Duh. BOP is 5 times as popular as Mirari, and Mirari is INSANELY popular, so you know this card is just gold. For limited, it would depend on the environment, but in a format where cards are good, this is one of them.
I just totally sounded like George W.
Bird rating: "Caw Caw; Bang. Fuck, I'm dead"
Limited Rating: 3
Constructed Rating: 5


This card may or may not be always useful.

However, it is always going to trade high and sell high.  

That's just one of the mysterious unwritten rules of Magic.

Wallet:  :-(

Cash Register  :-)

Constructed: 4.4
Limited: 2.9

Judge Bill
A great way to splash colors in a green deck, and to ramp up your mana curve. If you're playing green and at least one more color, these should typically be 4 of the first cards in your deck. Throw in the fact that they're Edict food to save your bigger creatures, and you've got a good card.
In limited, the upside on these aren't quite as helpful, so, unless I was rare drafting, I wouldn't typically pick these any higher than 6th-8th. Play them if you've got them though.
Constructed: 4.25
Limited: 3.5



Birds of Paradise is the most played card in the game, no questions asked. It is playable in most decks that run green, can help with combos, is supreme mana acceleration, and last but not least is a one mana flyer for green (even if it is a 0/1).

This card is not just awsome but, defies the colors (Green have a flyer!?! Unheard of!)

In constructed, it gets a 5.

In limited, it's really kind of small. It would be better in a three color format like Invasion Block, but not in a 7th draft. It might help with mana problems, but it's still small, and will still attack for nothing. It gets a 2.5 in limited, because it helps with that splash color, and it still flies. It's just too small, and doesn't quite make a difference, or much of one.

Limited ****

Constructed ****

Now that Dark Ritual is finally gone we can truly appreciate the acceleration Green has to offer. BOP was a big part of Fires decks when Masques was around and is an excellent addition to any multi-color green deck.

Andrew Chapman

Oh how the Birds (world) turn. I remember when nobody used these great mana producers because most of the field was one or two colors and didn't need them. 

Then came the era of Fires and the Invasion block where the Birds were at the top of it all. Now, they seem to be flying off into the distance once again, as mono-color and dual-color decks again rule the scene. 

In Limited, they would act great as a mana-smoother, but nothing I'd pick very highly.

Constructed: 3.5

Limited: 2


Limited: 4 1/2 Stars

Constructed: 4 1/2 Stars

Birds of Paradise has always been a staple green card. The problem lies in the fact that it doesn't really do too much in the late game (unless you cast something like Armageddon), but the early speed and color boost more than makes up for the loss. It would be an easier 5 Star card if it had some sort of power.


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