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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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Jaya Ballard, Task Mage Discussion
1 day ago
I'm adding Jaya Ballard, Task Mage under the Promo Set for Gatherer (PSG) now.
4 days ago
When I was building Grenzo I thought the idea of having Eldrazis with Annihilator was a good idea, or Breaker of Armies to make sure you get as many small hitters in. Bane of Bala Ged was also a good add in my head since it's Annihilator but with permanents being exiled. The theme of my deck though was casting small creatures and getting in while the big ones take the blockers or certain spells make the smaller creatures unblockable. Briber's Purse is a maybe for me right now because of the X cost and only available once per turn, but if I had Pia and Kiran in my deck I'd probably keep it since it's another artifact to sacrifice.
Earthshaker Khenra is good for early game block prevention, then has more benefits late game when you Eternalize them.
There are also some spells that would be best to replace with other spells that give your creatures benefits or more mana rather than a take a creature spell, since that usually can only be used once. Boldwyr Intimidator is a weird late game card for block prevention, but when you have your own ramp, it will be a really good card. The last card I can think of is Key to the City, since it stops a blocker and gets you a card draw if you want it.
Berserkers' Onslaught is a really good card for a deck focusing on exiling and taking for yourself. The more unblocked creatures, the more spells to choose from to cast. Combat Celebrant is good too for extra combat, and it doesn't need a dethrone ability with an opponent that has more life (though it does have to be exerted, but it's still worth it in my eyes).
Battle Hymn may be something you should replace Mana Geyser with since you don't need to spend so much mana or wait for your opponents to become tapped out. Same goes with Neheb, the Eternal, since you're not having to rely on your opponent to help you produce mana.
Most of the deck still looks really well thought out though, and I may have to use some of these ideas for my own deck. I originally had Chandra's Ignition and Jaya Ballard, Task Mage as my boardwipe cards, but I forgot Blasphemous Act existed.
2 weeks ago
Hm. It's a tough topic, because everybody has their own opinions, and opinions are often mistaken as excuses to do/think whatever you want regardless of existing fact.
First, facts: MaRo has said that polls put player participation at 38% female players overall. Obviously, that doesn't correspond to professional or competitive play, which is estimated at around 5% women. (These data are from a 2015 article I've linked below.) So, the OP isn't entirely correct that the "vast majority" of MtG players are male. Now let's proceed.
A given woman playing Magic is more likely to be casual, as the data above imply. I'm not here to delve into reasons why that is, just stating the fact. Therefore, from Wizards' perspective, they would be stupid not to print more female cards, since a card "being female" exclusively affects the casual experience (art, lore, and character, as opposed to competitiveness). It's just pure marketing to make the casual aspects of the cards appeal to the casual demographics, which are 38% female.
I speculate that another factor leading to current increased female visibility is the historical objectification of women exhibited in cards like Elvish Ranger/Jaya Ballard, Task Mage/Mirri, Cat Warrior; that is, even though the fantasy genre thrives off of transporting its customers to an unrealistic world, women have historically been depicted as sidekicks at best and sex objects at worst, not only in Magic but in the genre as a whole (as others have pointed out with LoL and FoW). Perhaps WotC is asking their female customers to forget their past missteps in that regard by increasing the heroism of their female characters.
That's enough speculation from me on why WotC's women seem more high-profile lately. Let's move on to why it matters, and why it may bother some male players. As a preface, I think there is probably a strong correlation between "lack of relatable characters" and "Gatewatch lore foibles"... So if "characters that males relate to" is defined as "well-written male protagonists", I'd say the tides are turning in your favor, considering the quality of Magic Story "Jace, Alone" (a soft reset for the character). If "characters that males relate to" is defined as "characters males role-play as for the fantasy aspect of MtG"...let's examine representation in legendaries between humanoid males and females (using EDHREC data, discounting PWs). In C17, there were 2 more male legendaries; in HOU, there were no female humanoid legendaries; in AMK there was 1 female legendary more; in Aether Revolt, there were 3 more males than females... Pretty even representation. Out of non-Gatewatch PWs in Standard, there are 5 male (Sorin/Ajani/Dovin/Tezz/Bolas) and 4 female (Arlinn/Tamiyo/Nahiri/Samut). Pretty even representation again. So, the data does not seem to support the claim that women are over-represented in recent Magic lore.
A caveat: Whether you empathize with a given character, male or female, is likely more a function of the quality of the writing (or your personality) than of the character itself. You might see a lot of Dovin Baan in me (you'd be right), but you may not empathize with him. That's not WotC, that's a personality mismatch. That brings us back to the quality of the Gatewatch stories and how the new sets will have a decreased focus on the Gatewatch as a group. Believe me, I empathize with your fav characters being poorly written, and I'm also hoping for a day with a relatable Jace/Chandra.
My personal opinion is that more female characters like Samut -- totally equal with Djeru, neat cards, idealized-but-not-sexualized, good lore -- can only be a good thing. I don't think that outweighs male characters like Djeru or Dovin, who are equally strong, deep, well-written, and influential. Equality is more like an apple tree than a apple pie -- the more it grows, the more we all benefit.
TL;DR: Women are actually 40% of MtG players, so WotC has real reasons for increasing female visibility in the game. If you don't like the male characters recently, it's more likely because they're poorly written than because there's too many women.
1 month ago
Nothing else was glaringly obvious. A lot of these cards are expensive because they're the only way to do something in their color (or lack thereof).
1 month ago
Of course, Jaya Ballard, Task Mage shall forever more be the best. Right? ;)
2 months ago
I tried using Lux Cannon, but it takes too long. Steel Hellkite might be a good option, especially since I can give it trample or unblockable. I was also considering trying out Distorting Lens to go with Jaya Ballard, Task Mage.
4 months ago
Tough to say what to get rid of because you are going thematic, some of the sorceries aren't my favorite, but they match the theme so well.
I would toss Furnace of Rath, only because I dont like anything that also hurts me, its tough, cause if you are doing more damage real quick, it might be worth it.
And second choice would be Jaya Ballard, Task Mage, not a ton of draw, and having to discard a card to do things is not a great choice.
Also, I dont know why I didn't recommend this before, but because red has no way to deal with enchantment, I would add Chaos Warp, it is pretty much an auto-suggest for mono-red decks for me.
4 months ago
Makes sense. I feel like harsh mentor only really stops combo with that heavy threat to their life total, forcing miscalculations where they activate an ability then die to direct damage rather than just viewing it as an extra cost. There are a bunch of cards in red that sorta play into the strategy, but they all have problems. Balefire Liege and Stormbreath Dragon is probably too high mana cost , Barbed Shocker does let your opponent refill their hand, but also it forces your opponent to refill their hand, Goblin Razerunners/Obsidian Fireheart or Jaya Ballard, Task Mage are interesting one-ofs to turn late game wasted resources into extra effect, Mindsparker, Zo-Zu the Punisher and Scab-Clan Berserker are of limited use (i'd play them if they cost one less or had 4 toughness), Sin Prodder provides some advantage, but once again, more three drops. Menace is great though. Thats the toolkit that I can remember from my testing, I hope its of some use.