Jaya Ballard, Task Mage

Jaya Ballard, Task Mage

Legendary Creature — Human Spellshaper

, , Discard a card: Destroy target blue permanent.

, , Discard a card: Jaya Ballard, Task Mage deals 3 damage to target creature or player. A creature dealt damage this way can't be regenerated this turn.

, , Discard a card: Jaya Ballard deals 6 damage to each creature and each player.

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Premium Deck Series: Fire and Lightning (PFL) Rare
Time Spiral (TSP) Rare
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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Jaya Ballard, Task Mage Discussion

dingusdingo on Thane and Taxes

1 week ago

Interesting deck.

My first question is why no damage doubler effects? Furnace of Rath and similar work extremely well. Even though the opponent gets to decide what order the damage effects happen, you're still getting a big damage boost.

Second, have you considered going down to 33 or 32 lands? Your curve is pretty low and you aren't dumping your hand via artifact rocks or mana rituals. I think you could probably find one or two slots from land drops.

How have the planeswalkers been working out? The 4 CMC Chandra seems fine, but the other two seem expensive for not much effect.

Why are you running colorless creatures? The damage isn't amplified. Reality Smasher is expensive to cast at 5, and is effectively a vanilla 5/5 that keeps up card parity when it is removed. Smuggler's Copter gives card looting but requires creatures to make it work, creatures that could just be attacking and getting the +2 damage anyways. I can also see why you'd keep Phyrexian Revoker but Pithing Needle might outperform it here as its harder to remove and 2 damage a turn is negligible in EDH.

Some of your 3 and 4 CMC creatures you should reconsider for speed and effectiveness purposes. Thunderbreak Regent is a flying creature, but you aren't getting reliable triggers from it, most likely just one. Tectonic Giant offers card advantage and MASSIVE damage with Torbran. Inferno Titan is another powerhouse with Torbran as you can split the damage 3 ways and get 3 damage apiece. Mindsparker seems too niche and is a 3/2 first strike for against decks outside its color hate. Jaya Ballard, Task Mage seems nice but waiting for summoning sickness feels bad and having to pitch cards to it is a no from me. Taurean Mauler is certainly appealing and presents a threat later, but without trample you're losing out and would be better served by Hordeling Outburst for efficiency sake with Torbran. Finally, Dragonmaster Outcast takes way too long to turn on, and requires an upkeep step to do anything, making it prime target for opponents to remove. Its great when it works, but another token producer is going to outpace this. Specifically, Krenko, Mob Boss is going to run away with the game much faster especially if you have any random extra goblins floating around.

Alpine Moon is much more marginal than you think. Sure its shutting down Gaea's Cradle but your two other moon effects should be more than enough. Outpost Siege is a very marginal effect both ways, and I would recommend a cut for Impact Tremors if you are looking for more damage. Tectonic Reformation is -1 card advantage when you cast it, and no matter how many times you cycle it stays at -1 card advantage. It also becomes easier to cut if you go down to 32 or 33 lands. Experimental Frenzy seems useful when you've emptied your hand but seems marginal in the vast majority of circumstances. You aren't really running topdeck manipulation like Sensei's Divining Top or Scroll Rack to smooth this card out, and I sincerely think Thrill of Possibility is going to serve you better by making you have better turn 3's and turn 4's in your games.

seshiro_of_the_orochi on Phoenix's need Commander

3 months ago

This is weird...I googled for exactly that topic like two hours ago.

There are some more great options:

Neheb, Dreadhorde Champion entombs your phoenixes and ramps you pretty hard.

Jaya Ballard, Task Mage can use the recursion abilities to use her abilities basically without card disadvantage.

If you were to add black, Chainer, Nightmare Adept could be pretty awesome.

BMHKain on Some ideas for Cuts & ...

7 months ago


cEDH Boros is so CRUEL, they'll never give up!

Commander / EDH* BMHKain

SCORE: 2 | 10 COMMENTS | 275 VIEWS


Before I begin, I might as well introduce a new OC Planeswalker of Mine: Tyris, Who Blazes Where She Walks.

As night fell, and the creatures of the Night thrived in such desire for flesh, somebody decided her duties as a member of the Boros Legion aren't yet finished much less satisfied. Her name is Tyris. But unlike even those like her, who showed high promise at an early age, Tyris rose the ranks rather quickly, so much so that Tajic even honored her cause as a member of a military-style Guild known as the Boros Legion. While Tyris' Parents were happily married, her father, a high ranking, & variously decorated soldier, was slaughtered during the War of the Spark; not by just any Eternal, He could handle them fine. It was the God-Eternals; Deceased Gods from the Plane of Amonkhet revived as Lazotep on a Divine level of power not even Aurelia could handle on her own. Even after the War concluded, Ugin forced an unsparked Nicol Bolas to his Meditation Realm, where Ugin watched over Bolas for the last of their days; No way for someone to get in. No way for someone to get out. Several Months passed after the fact, & even after Niv-Mizzet became the True Living Guildpact, the usual Ravnican madness continued to happen, just in time for Tyris to be conceived in a Universe-Sized City by a mere Widow. As Tyris became older, she was already more aware of the dangers than her Mother would even think. Domri Rade was killed before Tyris' Birth, but even after the War, & Ravnican Life having no choice but to accept Planeswalkers for what they are; Universe-Hopping Pranksters nobody wished to have on any Plane of Existence. To Tyris, it was perhaps, the most sorrowful nightmare ever; Civilian life demanding the Guilds to realize if they can unify in the War of the Spark , why not just have all 10 Guilds set their enemyship aside, & realize, such enemyship would be of a really great weapon in the first place?

Tyris thought about that for so long. She even investigated the House of Dimir for a while now; the very Guild the Boros League hated the most above all others. But even with Ilharg, the Raze-Boar now brought to Fruition, Tyris wondered to herself:

(Why did we make a Bond to those who are even worse than the House of Dimir? The Gruul Clans had a Leader that was never that mentally out of his head... , & we're allies to someone who are just Vulgar Savages, where even The House of Dimir is well focused, plenty resourceful, & are more cunning than us? Why...? The reason so many hate us is just that Aurelia enlists us just to be used as expendables...?)

Now having Second Thoughts, Tyris shook her head in regret; knowing that following in her Father's Footsteps she never knew even after she was born, whatever stories were told between a Mother+Daughter Relationship was a kind one, but she wishes never to speak ill of the only family she had at all; Loneliness. Tyris knew she is nothing but an orphan. Even her fellow troops seemed more so to be strangers, than a Stepfamily at all. Such a thought: (I know what is feels to be alone... & I've been this way my entire life.)

Tyris knew there were two things left she can lose: Herself, & an already ignited Planeswalker Spark. She decided to gamble w/ both. She then opened the doors to Aurelia 's Quarters. She seemed just as concerned for her Planeswalker Soldier; Tyris wasn't done with her duties, she still needed an audience to Aurelia herself. Aurelia , usually very serious upon her entire Guild, couldn't help but feel pity to Tyris, & as she saw it so, likewise for a Guildleader known for having a guild whose beliefs are considered Wrong & Unjust; even for the Boros League...

End of Part 1.

Alright enough FanFiction crap. Let's get to the topic in question; several in fact.

For those who haven't paid attention after all this; I decided to put Feather, the Redeemer in the deck. BUT, she won't be the commander. I wanted to use her as a Sunforger Package on legs (Even though that might not be the right term in this case.). Since Sunforger is not good in cEDH (I'm not giving up anytime soon. Please make your criticisms end as I'm planning to make a Community Deck for cEDH Boros Deck Users; submitting cards to what could be a literal Guide/Primer for this.

For Feather, the Redeemer, I have the following Instants & Sorceries; but I've no Graveyard; just a Rest in Peace to negate all Graveyard activity.

For Sorceries thus far:

Gamble

Idyllic Tutor

Vandalblast

Wheel of Fortune

Winds of Change

Yes, it's that low, but the Instants are crazier:

Abrade

Angel's Grace

Apostle's Blessing

Boros Charm

Chaos Warp

Dawn Charm

Enlightened Tutor

Ephemerate

Generous Gift

Illumination

Lapse of Certainty

Mana Tithe

Path to Exile

Pyroblast

Rebuff the Wicked

Red Elemental Blast

Return to Dust

Swords to Plowshares

Teferi's Protection

Wear / Tear

Wild Ricochet

For this, we can cut out the following kinds of cards:

  1. Tutors (How can you reuse Tutors?)
  2. Self-Exiling Cards (They're too powerful to reuse here.)
  3. Misc. (Basically your ideas for Wild Cards.)

Outside of these kinds of cards, I wonder if there are any that can target your own creatures. & no. I'm not using them for the sake of Ol' Pierakor az Vinrenn D'rav . I'm using them over & over because of Aforementioned Rest in Peace .

Which leaves us w/ a new dilemma: Paradox Engine finally got banned, but it at least gave us back a Potential threat to build upon: Painter's Servant . Forcing everyone to just one color is going to be crazy. But the question lies w/ another part of the question: Which Color to Work With? has Blood Moon , which makes all Non Basic Lands Mountain s, but Celestial Dawn makes your lands Plains . Which of these two to use? Or should I take a dare, & go for ? Jaya Ballard, Task Mage would love to say "GOTCHA!!!"

Also, for the sake of cEDH, I just want to know if there are any in the cEDH Community Post-Tier 3 Pierakor az Vinrenn D'rav . I mean, there has to be more than ever, right?

Also, what to cut? I'm starting to Doubt Eldrazi Displacer here. In addition; you would have to think like a cEDH Player; & for that matter, a cEDH Player that approves of Boros in this Subformat.

Now, if you don't mind, I've an account to Archidekt to make...

BMHKain on A Primordial God needs your ...

8 months ago

THUNDERBUMPS OF LIGHTNING, VERY VERY FRIGHTENING!

Since nobody seems to want to help out on this deck, I'll give you the link as a result:


Kruphix, One who X-costs Infinity itself...

Commander / EDH* BMHKain

SCORE: 1 | 3 COMMENTS | 105 VIEWS


Now, I have a Key as a weapon to use...

Suspects: Distorting Lens , Jaya Ballard, Task Mage , & Kurkesh, Onakke Ancient . Sadly I have no Replacement effect for Discard in case one ends up Resting in Peace in Hell... Any ideas in Boros Color?

BMHKain on A Primordial God needs your ...

8 months ago

BUUUUUUUUUUUUMPO'D!!!

I personally wonder if anyone wishes to help on this project at all? I've been working my ass off on my Superfriends/Avengers Deck, as well as cEDH Boros; but a new update has laid waste on the last of the 3: This'll sound Jank, but here are some combos I (And at least one other...) thought of:

  1. Altar of the Brood + Ancestral Statue + Rest in Peace

  2. Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Village Bell-Ringer + Phyrexian Altar

  3. Distorting Lens + Voltaic Key + Krark-Clan Ironworks + Cogwork Assembler + Jaya Ballard, Task Mage ??? (Can this be better for cEDH?)

  4. Smokestack + Assemble the Legion

  5. Feather, the Redeemed + (Is there a way to retrieve cards in exile that have been Discarded?) + (Some way to make all enemy permanents .)...

Sadly that's all I got; & it still sucks. Advice is welcome though! What'ya got?

But I also still need help on Kruphix. So, any suggestions for this as well? I think I've mentioned what I wanted enough times now... Thoughts?

Klazen on Mad Science

10 months ago

beardumbra Oh man, I don't know how I missed Expansion / Explosion . That's basically a lower upside Reverberate or Twincast but with an upside of also having a half that can blow stuff up and draw me cards (two things I don't have enough of in this deck). I think I'll be replacing Reverberate with that, since I actually took Reverberate out of my Jaya Ballard, Task Mage EDH deck to make this one. I like the idea of adding in Growth Spiral as well, I just don't know what I would remove for it. An earlier Tana sounds like a great idea, though. Can't get those tokens generating soon enough!

I_L_foxes on Card creation challenge

1 year ago

... Beleren (I really couldn't come up with a name)

legendary creature - human wizard

: target creature gains protection from the colour of your choice until end of turn

: draw three cards, then put two cards from your hand on top of your library.

: each player discards his or her hand, then draws cards equal to the greatest number of cards a player discarded this way.

0/1


Mother of Runes , Brainstorm and Jace's Archivist in a Jaya Ballard, Task Mage skin.

Make a nice card for a flickering deck (and make up a name for my card)

Loki_The_Insane on From Their Ashes We Will Build (Jaya EDH)

1 year ago

This is an interesting spin on Jaya Ballard, Task Mage , I use her as my go to commander.

There are somethings I didn't think of, such as the artifacts draw.

My favourite card to use with her ability, is Fiery Temper it gives me (if use her second ability) the chance of 2 lightning bolts for 4 mana. That would be my only suggestion.

But I do like the idea behind Seething Song epically if you couple that with Geosurge or even a copy spell..

Might have to borrow a few your ideas to increase the pace of mine. =)

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