Jaya Ballard, Task Mage


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom 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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Set Rarity
Premium Deck Series: Fire and Lightning (PFL) Rare
Time Spiral (TSP) Rare
Promo set for Gatherer (PSG) Rare

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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.

Jaya Ballard, Task Mage Discussion

BMHKain on Some ideas for Cuts & ...

1 month ago

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

Commander / EDH* BMHKain


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:


Idyllic Tutor


Wheel of Fortune

Winds of Change

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


Angel's Grace

Apostle's Blessing

Boros Charm

Chaos Warp

Dawn Charm

Enlightened Tutor


Generous Gift


Lapse of Certainty

Mana Tithe

Path to Exile


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 ...

1 month ago


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


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 ...

1 month ago


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

4 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

6 months 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.


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)

6 months 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. =)

Darth_Savage on Judy's SICK Rak (Rakdos Infect, Breaking the Diva)

6 months ago

Phyrexian Altar, has never been printed in a Modern legal set and a similar effect simply won't be, it's broken. Of late there has been discussion around Krark-Clan Ironworks (probably the closest thing) and its namesake deck KCI, essentially KCI is the most likely deck to be hit with a ban for doing the sort of combo your talking about, all be it with colourless mana.

That out of the way, normally it isn't wise to mix infect creature with non-infect creatures, even something like Necroskitter which has a degree of synergy. Infect wants to kill fast and normally uses evasion Plague Stinger and Inkmoth Nexus for example to deliver that damage. You seem to want something more in the Blood Artist style, but with infect... I guess a Grim Lavamancer granted infect would be close, or a card like Jaya Ballard, Task Mage or Magus of the Scroll that plays in a similar space.

As a competitive casual deck, this is fine, probably even fun, but I'm not sure what you want to do is really that viable in Modern. I am not a fan of the dies to removal argument, but Anger of the Gods is quite likely to scrub your whole board and it is played. This just feels a little unfocused, your not building an all out infect deck and your not building a legal combo deck. Sticking with your idea though I suspect your best plan is a bit more control and use cards like the Lavamancer to deliver your damage. I hope this was of help, good luck with your brew.

NV_1980 on Neheb EDH need help

7 months ago

Hi there,

Thank you for expressing so clearly the problems you're facing with your deck; that allows us to answer specifically too.

Tuvasa is indeed hard to counter with a mono-red deck. The one red card that would be perfect to deal with her that you seem to not have considered yet, would be Aura Barbs . Maybe Jaya Ballard, Task Mage can help you in some cases (also against the Niv Mizzet deck). Red Elemental Blast and cards like it also come to mind. The other suggestions we could think of are already in your deck.

We've been very successful with our own version of a Neheb deck: enter link description here. Maybe our list can help you fix your issues in ways we have not figured out yet.

Good luck and have fun playing!

With regards,

Mrs. and Mr. NV_1980

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