Birds of Paradise

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DefaultUser(2015-05-08 16:17)

This version is unique due to the printer missing line break symbols, which give this version it's charm. The art was originally meant for Tropiucal Island, but as the bird was too large, Richard Garfield created this card at the last moment and new art was made. Alpha Tropical Island mistakenly has wrong artist named on the card due to this change too.

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ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-09-17)

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ConstructedBy HansD (2018-08-14)

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