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Birds of Paradise

Reviewed October 10, 2005

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.75
Limited: 3.75

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Jeff Zandi

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Birds of Paradise

This card belongs in the Magic: the Gathering Hall of Fame as possibly the single most important green creature in constructed play. When Birds wasn't reprinted in Ninth Edition (still a mistake, I believe) everyone said "relax, they're reprinting Birds in Ravnica". I said WHAT IF THEY DON'T?
Well, they DID reprint Birds of Paradise in Ravnica, and I'm thrilled, even though I STILL think this card belongs in the basic set. Birds is the preferred turn one play of four out of five constructed decks playing green.

In limited play, Birds of Paradise is usually a good card to see, as much for RARE DRAFTING as for playing. Still, mana acceleration and access to multiple colors is more important in Ravnica limited formats than in many past years, so Birds of Paradise is a very high draft pick, even if you aren't RARE DRAFTING.



Birds of Paradise

Birdese Language Lesson (Official Graduation Requirements for elevation out of the Scrub Bracket):

  • "Tweet!" = I'm a Birds of Paradise!
  • "Chirp!" = I've been around since the dawn of Magic!
  • "Chortle..." = Damn, I'm good....
  • "Cheep!" = Wait, did I say "cheep?" No, I'm not cheep.
  • "Sqwawwwk!" = Some say I'm too fragile, and they would rather use
  • "OTHER METHODS" for accelleration in the current format =(
  • "Chortle..." = I'm still damn good...you won't get rid of me THAT easily...

Constructed - 4.5
Casual - 5
Limited - 3.5

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