Jaya Ballard, Task Mage


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

, , 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

metalmagic on List of Planeswalkers by Home ...

2 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!

2 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.

2 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!

4 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

4 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.

SaberTech on Pattern Recognition #5 - The ...

5 months ago

@ berryjon

Jaya Ballard, Task Mage is awesome, don't get me wrong, and I love how flavourful the card is. Considering that they eventually printed Karn and Nicol-Bolas (both being pre-time spiral planeswalkers) it is disappointing that Jaya as a character was changed into Chandra for story purposes. The lore and stories of the MtG universe was really rich to begin with, so I was disappointed when they initially tried to sweep that all under the rug to make a new reality for planeswalker cards to exist. I mean, the whole point of Nicol-Bolas now is that he's scheming for a way to return himself to the near godlike existence that planeswalkers used to be before the nature of the planeswalker spark was changed, so why did they try to shove the old lore and character aside in the first place? I'm curious about what the other old planeswalkers got up to after the shift.

Then again, from a story perspective, it would probably mess up the representation of the colour pie if the smartypants blue mage Jace was constantly being shown up by the significantly wiser and more experienced red mage Jaya. Although personally, the idea of an old granny Jaya playing Yoda for a blue mage like Jace makes me chuckle. Jace needs someone to smack him upside the head every now and again; and as her card shows, Jaya knows how to handle blue mages.

berryjon on Pattern Recognition #5 - The ...

5 months ago

Thank you all for your comments.

I haven't replied before now as I wasn't certain how to go about it. In essence, this is a fairly negative article, and I didn't want to keep blasting.

That, and I totally forgot to set a watch to be alerted to any responses, and didn't bother checking manually until today. Totally not that.

As I mention with tomorrow's article, I'm not comfortable using this space to fix problems, but rather by highlighting them and their context, other people can step back and try to figure things out for themselves. I dread the day I'm asked to fix something with Magic, because I know I won't play nice about it.

And not word regarding Jaya Ballard, Task Mage? For shame! ;)


5 months ago

Alternatively, other cards that provide a renewable source of damage to a player at instant speed do well when paired with Pain Magnification. I'm thinking Jaya Ballard, Task Mage and Kumano, Master Yamabushi, for example

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