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Birds of Paradise
Limited: 3.18 (8 Reviews)
Reviewed April 10, 2002
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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.
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.
just totally sounded like George W.
rating: "Caw Caw; Bang. Fuck, I'm
This card may or may
not be always useful.
However, it is always going to trade high and sell
That's just one of the mysterious unwritten rules
Cash Register :-)
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.
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!?!
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.
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
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
Limited: 4 1/2
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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