A classic. An icon. A legend in cardboard and
ink. Every color's friend. The unlikeliest
game-winner in limited. An game-winner - for a
different reason - in constructed. A fan
favorite. A perennial staple. One of the best
cards in Magic 2010. One of the best cards in
any year of Magic.
for just over 5 years
-Playing MTG for just over 10
Birds of Paradise
When I heard we were reviewing this card, I
could not believe it. With almost 2000 cards
reviewed on this site, this was not one of them?
I just don't know what to say about this little
bird. She goes into 90% of all multicolored
decks I build if green is in it. She blocks, she
fixes colors, she accelerates mana production,
she flies, she ROCKS.
Birds are Birds. They always be top mana makers
and fixers for a long time. Others will come and
go, but the Bird is here to stay. Will they be
in next year.
Casual & Multiplayer:
I think they are a little easier to get, because
M10 is a smaller set compare to othe core sets.
Should see alot more in casual players decks. We
have other a dozen show up during the Release
event for M10 only.
M10 is made for 2 color combos. With Birds you
can splash maybe a 4th or even a 5th color if
you felt bold. I would not go more than 3
Overall it is the best mana fixer.
Magic The Gathering COTD: Birds of Paradise
Welcome back todays card is the iconic and never
duplicated Birds of Paradise. I will keep this
review short and sweet this card is great for
mana fixing in multicolored decks. Its been a
staple in competitive decks since its initial
release in Alpha. Time has only increased the
birds strength as the emphasis on multicolor
cards have increased in the past sets. A staple
in a variety of builds Birds of Paradise is a
legendary card that embodies green and has a
found a niche in competitive tournament players
decks as well as casual kitchen table games. In
limited if you’re in multiple colors or just
want to draft it for your collection or monetary
value you can’t go wrong. Birds of Paradise is
as iconic as it is powerful and age hasn’t
diminished but increased its value for players.
Today's card of the day doesn't really need an
introduction as I think most players of the game
are familiar with Birds of Paradise. One of the
better mana fixing options in the game as it can
produce all five colors by the second turn and
increases your potential mana production
dramatically in the early game. This is
mitigated by the fact that it is attached to a
0/1 creature making it extremely vulnerable to
most removal methods.
In my opinion it is almost always a good idea to
destroy an early Birds of Paradise when an
opponent plays it. This slows them down
dramatically and limits their options for
playing specific colors. If they have a Birds of
Paradise and any land untapped you could face
anything from a Doom Blade to Negate, so
removing their options early can be a strong
advantage going forward in that game for you.
In Constructed, Casual, and Multiplayer this is
a great card to use in any deck with a solid
supply of Green mana production that also needs
access to other colors.
Limited is where the card becomes more
interesting. If you pull this card running some
Green is almost mandatory and splashing other
colors is a little easier. The fact that it has
Flying adds a bit as in a pinch it may be your
only option for blocking a huge enemy threat
from above. Overall it is a top pick in Booster
Draft and the kind of thing that makes three to
five color sealed decks work more effectively.
Even without factoring in a third color, just
running it to help the second color can help
with a single color draw. For example, normally
a two Forest hand is bad if you see non-Green
spells along with it, but the Bird can give you
enough options to avoid the mulligan.