Pojo's Magic The Gathering
Card of the Day
For a newbie to the
game, Birds of Paradise at first glance looks like
a total crap card...a wimpy flyer with no power
for green...woohoo. But to the seasoned
player, BOP is the ultimate in a color smoothing
and mana acceleration all-in-one card. For only
one mana, green suddenly has the ability to
produce any splash color, plus can pull off
playing it a turn earlier. Nice. REALLY nice. The
value of these qualities in a precision, highly
tuned deck is so important, that it has driven the
price way up and the availability of the card way
down. If you're a green player, this card is a
"must have four of" for your stock.
In limited, it's not
as effective as you won't have multiples in your
deck (unless you're the most insanely lucky person
on the planet). But it's still acceleration and a
mana smoother if you're going green, so you play
it. Besides, it's one of the best money
rares out there, so unless you are a perfect
purist, you take it first pick no matter what
colors you are going.
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.
are the only 1 casting cost mana producers these
days. So the stock on these are going up. I
guess they really want to slow the game down.
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.
Unfortunately, unless you are playing for the
cards, you have to draft these, as one of these
will pay for the draft whether you win or lose.
Play them if you've got them though.
BoP is, and will
always remain, one of the best Magic cards ever.
The ability to tap for extra mana of any color is
just sick. What more can I say.
Constructed - Rev up
that deck regardless of color - 5.00
Limited - Yeah,
could be a good idea - 5.00
Birds of Paradise
This card has always been a favorite, and
its a good one too. In constructed its good
acceleration, and has see play many times. In
limited its not really as good, but if your
playing "keep what you take" - take it! It pays
for your draft and more. It can be a mana
smoother, but its a later pick.
This is the perfect
card for any multi colored deck that needs speed.
RG deck, that needs to be as fast as possible, the
BOP is another mana of
any color on turn 2. There is a reason this card
has been reprinted so many
times. I'd give it a five rating, but the price of
well over 10 dollars is a
turn off for some players who don't like spending
15 bucks on a single card.
In come the Llanowar Elves to the rescue ; )
Casual Rating: 4.5