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Birds of Paradise
M10

Reviewed July 31, 2009

Constructed: 4.33
Casual: 4.33
Limited: 4.33
Multiplayer: 4.33

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Birds of Paradise

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.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
The Missing Linc

-Balding 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.

Constructed: 5
Casual: 5
Limited: 5
Multiplayer: 5
Miguel

Friday 3-31-09

 

Birds of Paradise

 

Constructed: 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.

 

Limited: 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 colors.

 

Overall it is the best mana fixer.

 

Constructed: 4

Casual: 4

Multiplayer: 4

Limited: 4

 

Later

Miguel

  
Paul 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.

Constructed- 4.5
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 4.0
Multiplayer- 4.5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno 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.

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

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