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.