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Birds of Paradise 
8th Edition Rare

Reviewed July 23, 2003

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Birds of Paradise

Constructed: 5
Limited: 4
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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.

Constructed: 5
Limited: 4

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.
Unfortunately, these 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.
Constructed: 4.5
Limited: 3.5


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

Danny Tatro

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.

Constructed: 4
Limited: 2.5


This is the perfect card for any multi colored deck that needs speed.  In a
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

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