Monday, November 28, 2011

Random Card of the Day #17

Random Card of the Day #17:

Birds of Paradise - G
Creature - Bird
{T}: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

Initial thoughts:

I feel there's not much about to say this one. Maybe perhaps that it's one of the few cards that were printed in Alpha that weren't absurdly powerful or ridiculously bad. When Magic first came out they got the power level right for this card--along with Royal Assassin and Bad Moon.

It can block. It can swing if you put a Sword of War and Peace on it. It can get bigger with Gavony Township. Clearly it's strongest when it's in your starting hand, later in the game it starts to lose value. At the very least, it's a one-drop blocker in turn 8, and can hopefully let you draw a card beneath it. (Unless for some reason you wanted to keep it on the battlefield to flashback Cabal Therapy or Dread Return--or if you are just being Overrun.)

About the worst play that could happen is you look at your starting hand, and you only have one land and a Birds of Paradise. You would think "it's a bad hand but at least I got Birds." and then end of turn your opponent Burst Lightning's it.

An amazing card with amazing capabilities. Definitely 5/5 only because it is an enabler, ramp and support card. Maybe not a 4-of in every deck, but if you are using green and thrive on acceleration (probably in non-even numbers, in the case of Myr Superion) it should definitely have at least one in your deck, two in most cases.

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