Jaya Ballard, Task Mage


Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Modern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Set Rarity
Premium Deck Series: Fire and Lightning Rare
Time Spiral Rare

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Jaya Ballard, Task Mage

Legendary Creature — Human Spellshaper

R, , Discard a card: Destroy target blue permanent.

1R, , 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.

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

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Jaya Ballard, Task Mage Discussion

Hybrow on Chandra's Boyfriend

3 weeks 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.

lagotripha on RW Taxes

1 month 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.

metalmagic on List of Planeswalkers by Home ...

4 months ago

When you say "depicted in cards," I assume you mean ones that have their own Planeswalker card, and not just creature versions, right? If not, Slobad, Goblin Tinkerer was a planeswalker for about 5 minutes or so! Jeska, Warrior Adept, Jaya Ballard, Task Mage, and Grandmother Sengir (Ravi Sengir) also have cards!

The7thBobba on Ashling the OW!

4 months ago

looks super fun, man! I'd love to play a deck like this :) I think you'd really like Jaya Ballard, Task Mage, and Embermaw Hellion. oh, and Magebane Armor to keep ashling or Jaya alive :) Have a splendid day!

KeelHaul10 on F*ck You.

4 months ago

Blue hate? Jaya Ballard, Task Mage got you covered. As to what to remove, I would suggest an artifact. A lot of your deck is EDH staples ( swords, signets, boots) so i would weigh your options and pull one, because 18 creatures to 20 equipment in a 100 card deck doesnt seem to bode well. I rarely build an edh deck that doesnt have answers to artifacts BECAUSE people chock them full of staples

god_dammit_nappa on Advertise your COMMANDER deck!

6 months ago

Draw_Wurm Thanks! The Jolrael deck was an absolute thrill to build.

Wow! That deck list looks hilarious! I gotta try that out. It looks really fun to play. Used to play a mono-red control deck with Jaya Ballard, Task Mage and ran all the red and colorless counterspells in the game!

Mages' Contest was by far my favorite card in that deck. Took it apart a few weeks ago because it finally achieved its goal of countering all the spells with Kozilek, the Great Distortion and combo'd out with Reiterate + Mana Geyser and Urza's Rage. I cannot describe the pure joy of countering my opponent's Path to Exile and Cyclonic Rift trying to stop my Kozi. It was just---it was---omg. WOW. Hahahahaha!

Janky as all get out, but damn if that deck wasn't a blast to play! Had all my opponents scratching their heads and kept them on their toes for all the janky control shenanigans that I did. XD

Also, it is my strongest opinion that Geth's Grimoire is an underrated card in EDH for Red decks or decks splashing Red. And I'm glad to see it is one of the artifacts listed in your deck list. :)

RazortoothMtg on Omnath Ramp

6 months ago

Collective Voyage and Animist's Awakening are very efficient ramp. If it's not out of you're budget, Scapeshift and Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle are great. Azusa, Lost but Seeking and Exploration are worse than Burgeoning, but still good.

In my Omnath build, I find Tempt with Vengeance great. Making a ton of 1/1s isn't great, but with Omnath it's a force to be reckoned with. Attacking is either take 1, or block and get bolt to the face.

Blasphemous Act is AMAZING. Good in every red deck. Jaya Ballard, Task Mage for those pesky blue players.

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