Birds of Paradise

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Birds of Paradise Discussion

Funkydiscogod on Dramatic Scepter Juggling Birds

2 hours ago

I'd like to point out that the color of To Arms! and Silence are irrelevant: you'll imprint them on Isochron Scepter, and pay no matter their printed cost. Or, you'll tap a Birds of Paradise to cast it.

It occurs to me that Remand is probably the best 2-mana counter you could imprint, if you wanted to go all-in on Isochron.

When I recommended Spell Pierce I wasn't expecting you to ever imprint Mana Leak on a Scepter, since you need scepter as a combo piece.

Memphismaymagic5 on Selesnya Defenders 3.0

22 hours ago

Cool deck. Like the fact that it has much card draw, something you don't see that often in the selesnya colors. If you want to speed up the game (like a T2 Axbane guardian), you can add some 1-drop dorks like Birds of Paradise or noble hirarch. They also have synergy with Assault Formation.

Azdranax on Atraxa Superfriend Counters

1 day ago

Your best bet for a stronger mana-base is to upgrade with fetches, filters and shocks as available, and run several land ramp spells as well in the meantime (looks like you could add Rampant Growth, Nature's Lore and Farseek. Picking up a Chromatic Lantern would also be a big plus. Birds of Paradise and Sylvan Caryatid are also really helpful to color fix this deck while you look for the spendy lands.

I have a fairly high-end Atraxa deck, although it focuses more on planeswalkers, but hopefully it can give you some ideas for upgrade options. Loyalty Is Super Atraxive

Best of luck with your build.

frogkill45 on Mono-Green hexproof

1 day ago

Sylvan Caryatid and Birds of Paradise should be in here for more ramp this deck really just need to hit a bigger hexproof guy faster and load him up with enchants

enpc on Sliver Overlord: Slivers Gone Wild

2 days ago

The list doesn't look bad, but I think there are a few changes that you could make which would drastically increase its performace.

First off, you have a bunch of cards which just feel like wasted slots:

  • Asceticism - This card draws in a lot of players becuase they want to protect their stuff. But this cards is a trap when trying to make youre deck more competitive. Ultimately it just slows you down as it enforces this concept of making sure your stuff never dies because you want to leave maan open for it etc. Just get used to the fact that your stuff will occasionally die and play faster instead.

  • Mirari's Wake - You already have enough sliver lords and your deck reounds out at 5 cmc anyway. Earlier game ramps is better so you can get you commander down faster.

  • Unnatural Selection - You already have Amoeboid Changeling and let's face it, this is win more.

  • Darkheart Sliver - There are better sac outlets and lifegain is again another one of those traps. If you have a card like Deathrite Shaman where some of its utility is life gain, great. But dedicating slots to it is silly. You're the aggro deck. Just win harder.

  • Ghostflame Sliver - Yes, I see All Is Dust. I would personally say cut both of them. You want a wrath? play Wrath of God. or Toxic Deluge. Wraths should be used when your back is against the wall (or is about to be). Here you're using it as a win more and it's just a waste.

What will make the deck go faster:

  • Low end ramp. Stuff like Birds of Paradise. Or Farseek/Nature's Lore. Remeber, 3 CMC ramp can only ramp your commander by at most 1 turn. You want to ramp early and you want to ramp hard. And the nyou can windmill slam your commander nice and early and start pumping out win conditions.

  • Card advantage. You have a few pieces but you need more. Not one for one tutors, actual card advantage. I have been very impressed with Day's Undoing as a budget Timetwister. Phyrexian Arena is good too. Necropotence is amazing, however takes some getting used to. Mystic Confluence is just solid. I'm also partial to Night's Whisper.

As for good slivers, Acidic Sliver/Cautery Sliver are both good. they give yo ualternate win conditions that don't involve turning sideways.

Cafelattis on The Myth of the Horrors

4 days ago

That is not a bad idea. Surprising your opponent is key. I am also recommending Electrolyze, Wandering Fumarole and Desolate Lighthouse. Electrolyze is good, 2 dmg divided against creatures or players and then draw a card, taking out things like Birds of Paradise, Noble Hierarch, Dark Confidant and most affinity creatures. But its just good in certain match up. Wandering fumarole is just a land creature, i am really starting to grow on lands that becomes creatures, but it might screw with the tempo and the mana curve. Desolate lighthouse is just good i think in this deck, card draw is essential in decks like this, although you do have a lot of card draw.

darkdawson123 on Gruul Burnout

6 days ago

So if you want to make this deck more competitive then you want to lean much harder on the ramp aspect. You have 11 so called mana dorks along your curve which isn't bad but you want those dorks to drop early as in turn 1 things like Birds of Paradise, Arbor Elf, Sakura-Tribe Elder. So that you can poop out Thar and win the game off of his back

FireStorm4056 on [PRIMER] Death & Staxes: Competitive Meren EDH

6 days ago


Not to worry! There are a lot of ways to speed things up. Looking at your list, here are a few things that I recommend:

  1. 1-drop mana dorks. Enough to be consistent with them in the early game. This is the surest way to speed up your clock and put you ahead of the table. Note that cards like Farhaven Elf are repeatable... but how often do you find yourself actually doing so? In my experience the tempo off a T1 Llanowar Elves is so much better than potentially getting a second land off Farhaven Elf. Most of the 1-drop dorks are quite cheap ($$), with Birds of Paradise topping things out at $4-ish. These will not only provide you with acceleration, but also can potentially replace higher-costed slots currently in your decklist (such as Into the Wilds, which has good long-term potential, but often you've already lost by that time). Even better, on later turns, dorks are cheap enough that you can still play them AND do something else useful - whereas if you play a Farhaven Elf, chances are that's all you're doing for the turn.
  2. Carefully evaluate engines that don't give you immediate return on investment. Black Market has big payoff potential but it doesn't do anything the turn it hits... there might be some other ways to build the deck that give you similar ramp but play out much quicker. Be creative, as it doesn't need to be a direct replacement. For example, Earthcraft and Cryptolith Rite are alternatives you might consider. They each cost 3 cmc less (so can be played earlier and don't take up a full mid-game turn) and make all your creatures IMMEDIATELY tap for mana (so no buildup required). With Meren + one non-dork on the board an Earthcraft is effectively free since they can immediately tap to generate two more mana. Again, the payout potential might not be as high as Black Market, but they hit a lot faster and (initially) harder.
  3. Don't rely on creatures for all of your removal. In my experience, Acidic Slime was almost always just a Nature's Claim for 5x the price... and it's a dead card for quite a long time due to its high cost. You should definitely still pack creatures with removal on them, but it's worth considering the best noncreature removal too (Abrupt Decay, etc). This is especially important when you are facing combo decks - often a single well-placed removal spell throws a wrench in all of their plans.
  4. How do the combo decks in your group win? Most of the mill combos I'm aware of rely heavily on artifacts, not only for the combo, but for ramping and card advantage. These types of combo decks are really, really weak to silver bullets like Null Rod, Damping Matrix, Pithing Needle, and Phyrexian Revoker. Paired with a few tutors you can land them reliably and often save the game without even having to think about much else. You already run some of the best tutors too so no real issues there! If decks are consistently winning on T3-4, then in most cases their plan is fragile to targeted removal or silver bullets. If you are running both then you will have a lot more ways to deal with these issues!
  5. Answering tron is tough if you restrict yourself to engine-based creature removal. My list has actually shifted away from most of the popular "kill" engines - note that I don't have The Abyss, Magus of the Abyss, Dictate of Erebos, etc. For the most part I pack a lot of targeted removal and Fleshbag Marauder effects to solve these problems... For example, I find the efficiency of a one-time Dismember is usually far better than hassling around with getting an Attrition engine setup - you might try a similar approach! My best reasoning is the following - you'll already have enough to do with creatures and Meren (it's not like you're lacking targets), so playing spell-based removal means you can do more per turn rather than have to decide on a single choice for your Meren trigger.
  6. Since we're playing stax/control, you have to take a long, hard look at every card that doesn't provide a strong boardstate advantage (card advantage, tempo, resource generation, etc) or hinder our opponents somehow. Verdurous Gearhulk stands out to me as something that doesn't really fit a "niche" - it is "good" but doesn't really play towards any plan of ours. So I question whether it is worth including. Compare him to something like Creakwood Liege, who can offer a similar boost to P/T on the board, but costs less and can generate a strong 3/3 critter each turn (to be used for combat, finisher, or sacrifice fodder).
  7. I'm not a huge fan of Death Cloud personally, it's just so expensive a price to pay for a symmetric effect. Pox and Smallpox are already in your list and very cost-effective - Death Cloud has always seemed to me like it cost just too much for what it offers.
  8. Clearly you are running Bitter Ordeal for a reason, and I would guess it's to answer the combos you've been facing :) I tend to prefer silver bullets like Null Rod (since they are widely useful regardless of opponent)... but if exiling combo pieces is the goal, might I suggest Sadistic Sacrament instead (sorry, card tags aren't working on this one for some reason)? It may not be the most efficient spell... but it is wicked fun to land against a combo player at the right time and a little more consistent than Bitter Ordeal :)


This is something I plan to address, but haven't had the time to write up quite yet. Some of the answers you're looking for are in the replies I've made in the comments - I will add a section like this soon enough.

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