Birds of Paradise

Creature — Bird


: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

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Birds of Paradise Discussion

chaosumbreon87 on Need For Speed

12 hours ago

Have you considered mana dorks such as Birds of Paradise, Elvish Mystic, Avacyn's Pilgrim, Llanowar Elves, etc? They might help bring up your average kill turn count by a bit. Secondly, have you considered Overrun effects? They can help pull a win a bit quicker, or using less creatures IMO

Possiblehope on Progenitus EDH (Tips?)

22 hours ago

Thanks for the input RakdosCult, I do agree based on my play testing that card draw was a decently large problem within the deck and even with big drops that draw cards, Kozilek, Butcher of Truth it was rather poor at keeping a hand.I really like the land suggestion, as of before today I never heard of it and it would be an easy mana fixer. In a previous version I had a few single mana dorks that after lots of play testing had little impact, so I am trying to scrape up some funds for some higher end ones, i.e Birds of Paradise and Noble Hierarch. I will try to pick up the land and the Rhystic Study but with my funds being focused on other purchases I will pick up Consecrated Sphinx at a later date. Thanks again for the input and I will keep this updated with the deck's advancements.

Miracles-and-Charms-of-Alara on Wilted Conclave

1 day ago

shaistyone - Thank you for your commentary. The mana dorks Noble Hierarch and Birds of Paradise make my list because of a few reasons:

  1. The two mana dork set up play turn 2 Kitchen Finks, Loxodon Smiter and Tireless Tracker. If left unchecked, it sweetens the deals with a turn 3 Wilt-Leaf Liege

  2. They both attract spot removal spell like Fatal Push, Path to Exile, Lightning Bolt etc.

  3. Noble Hierarch meets with Gavony Township, in which allows me to dump my mana dork and/or leftover mana into it two to three times a turn.

As ZackBinks mention, I have a very high creature count, so I can recover from a board wipe in a pretty timely fashion - though Selfless Spirit does sound like a good creature. I may have to consider him in either main or side.

(So many avenues my deck can goes... Mare-Q!!)

timefabric on Paul Walker

1 day ago

This is usually my hierarchy:

  1. I use as many fetchlands & original dual lands I can afford.
  2. I then use anything that a fetchland can grab, ie shocklands.
  3. I fill the try to fill the rest of lands with all color producing lands, like Command Tower, Grand Coliseum, City of Brass etc.
  4. Artifact staples Gilded Lotus, Darksteel Ingot, Chromatic Lantern, Coalition Relic, etc
  5. I use some sort of green ramp package:
  6. Tap Creatures Bloom Tender, Birds of Paradise, Sylvan Caryatid,
  7. ETB / Sac creatures Wood Elves, Yavimaya Elder, Sakura-Tribe Elder, Solemn Simulacrum etc
  8. Fetch sorcs Nature's Lore, Cultivate, Kodama's Reach, Rampant Growth, Skyshroud Claim etc
  9. Extra land drop Azusa, Lost but Seeking, Explore, Oracle of Mul Daya etc

Those are usually the steps I go through to get 5 colors in to a deck. The key is to playtest it so you can tell if you are getting the ramp out or not consistently. Always start with more and then narrow it down if you get flooded with mana too often. Nothing worse than getting mana screwed in 5 colors!

TuesdayTastic on Smash & Burn (Help needed)

1 day ago

This is a good start to the deck. Knowing your collection, I am sure that you must not have many cards.

But I like the way you use Blades of Velis Vel in order to get that sliver synergy. That's a sign of a good player being able to see these unusual interactions. So if I were you, the first thing I would do is to get more slivers.

A good low curve Sliver that gives good buffs would be Predatory Sliver. He's also cheap so that's a plus. Muscle Sliver is the same thing but a little more expensive at a dollar a piece. But having 8 of these guys is pretty good. Blur Sliver is also another really great cheap option as it gives all of your Slivers haste, a great way to close out games quickly. Manaweft Sliver is also an important card as it allows you to ramp up to your Megantic Sliver which is what I am assuming you are trying to do. Gemhide Sliver can also fill the same role. Hibernation Sliver is also a fairly cheap option that can save your Slivers for the low low price of 2 life. Sidewinder Sliver is also really cool, and can make your slivers even harder to block.

What's great is that most of these cards are under a dollar, making a budget deck with these guys extremely viable. The only problem is, the mana base could be more expensive. Having all of these Slivers is great, but if they are stuck in your hand because you need green mana when you have white, that kind of sucks. So in the interest of budget lets make a budget mana base.

First Darksteel Ingot is pretty great. I'd run 4 of them. Transguild Promenade and Evolving Wilds are very cheap options that can get you any color. Lay of the Land can also fix pretty well. Rampant Growth can get it on the battlefield. These are all budget options however. The best option would actually be Birds of Paradise, but at $5 a card, it can be kind of expensive for a new player. What's great about them however is the synergy with Blades of Velis Vel. Play that on your birds and you suddenly have a huge sliver bird swinging in the air. If you have the money definetley get a playset of these birdies. Another option for mana fixing can also be found in the Ravnica Guildgates. All very cheap options to fix your mana. Sliver Hive is more expensive, but works great in a slivers deck.

If you were to build a Slivers deck I would highly recommend upgrading your mana base first. That inclusion will be able to help you do whatever you need to do with your actual creatures. Assuming a budget of $20 this is what I would recommend.


Predatory Sliver x4

Muscle Sliver x4

Sinew Sliver x4

Striking Sliver x4

Two-Headed Sliver x4

Suntail Hawk x4

Wild Nacatl x4 (you could also go Kird Ape if you want to be cheaper).


Blades of Velis Vel x4

Shields of Velis Vel x4

Mana Base

9 Forests

8 Mountains

7 Plains


Spinneret Sliver x4

Tormod's Crypt x2

Smash to Smithereens x2

Shock x4 (preferably Lightning Bolt, or Path to Exile but those cards are expensive).

Elite Vanguard x3

I'll make a tappedout list of this later, but this should hopefully be under $20. At the very least it is $25 for a very powerful aggro deck that synergizes really well. I took out the bigger cards such as Megantic Sliver in favor of cheaper slivers that are easier to play. The Velis Veil cards are great, and can surprise many opponents. The sideboard includes Spinneret Sliver to deal with flyers, Tormod's Crypt for graveyards (can also deal with Gift of Immortality wink, wink, nudge, nudge). Smash to Smithereens for artifacts, Shock for cheap removal, and Elite Vanguard in case they do run a lot of flyers. Upgrades to the mana base should also be considered.

Wow that was a long post.

clayperce on Close Your Eyes (And Count to Ten) [Mono G Infect]

3 days ago,
Seems more evasion would be helpful somewhere in the 75, as Apostle's Blessing is really all you've got to get Creatures through. Rancor maybe? Or Inkmoth Nexus, as Darth_Savage mentioned.

Also, while I really like Wild Defiance, I suspect it's often a dead card in a deck with only 18 lands (even if you bring in the Birds of Paradise too). Of course, if it's working ok for you, never mind!

Finally, you might want to try Cathedral of War. It's kind of a super-budget Noble Hierarch and if you can fit it in, the Exalted trigger is awesome.

Draw well!

Bernie1o1 on Infect

3 days ago

You shouldnt play Spell Pierce main board you should instead play more pump spells. I would also suggest cutting how many unblockable spells you play. I would personally cut the Distortion Strike and Artful Dodge and keep the Slip Through Space if you really want to. You should also consider dropping the Ichorclaw Myr and instead play x4 Birds of Paradise. For pump you should bump Might of Old Krosa to x4 and the same for Groundswell. You should also not play Misty Rainforest you should instead play Windswept Heath and Wooded Foothills they are cheaper and do the same job of fetching Breeding Pool. And you should also cut the Rancor for more pump spells. You should also add Apostle's Blessing and Dismember

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