Hello, and welcome to Magic. Jaya Ballard is a planeswalker card. When you successfully cast her and she isn't countered, she will enter the battlefield with 5 loyalty counters on her. Planeswalkers have this kind of currency called "loyalty counters", which you can use to pay for abilities that have a minus value, and which are increased when you use any ability with a plus value. The loyalty of a planeswalker is basically how much life they have, when they reach 0, the planeswalker dies and is sent to your graveyard. When an opponent attacks you they have the option to deal the damage to you or a planeswalker you control. They can also use other means to damage your planeswalker, including using cards like Lightning Bolt to target your planeswalker to deal damage. When damage is dealt to a planeswalker, that many loyalty counters are removed. Each turn, you may activate 1 loyalty ability on each of the planeswalkers you control. You may only activate 1 ability per turn. Planeswalkers usually have 3 abilities, a plus, a minus, and an ultimate. The ultimate, if present, will always be at the bottom of the card, and is the most powerful effect, but will require effort if you want to use it, usually requiring several turns of using its plus ability.
So lets say you play Jaya after you have available. She enters the battlefield with 5 loyalty. By using either of her +1 abilities, you increase her loyalty by 1, and either add to your mana pool to cast an instant or sorcery to help protect her, or to replace dead cards in your hand with potentially useful ones.
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November 8, 2018 12:28 p.m.
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I am extremely frustrated...I don't know what to do but just start over. I have played about 20 matches with this deck and won just 1 match and less than 6 games
November 10, 2018 1:48 p.m.
Ok...I am so frustrated...this deck isn't working and I have no clue what to do. I appreciate everything you all have done to help but I think it may be time to start over.
November 10, 2018 12:43 p.m.
Ok...so if I reduce my 2 and 3 drops what do I replace them with?
November 9, 2018 10:07 p.m.
Ok...just played a game that went to turn 15 with this deck...definitely need to get it super charged.
November 9, 2018 8:53 p.m.
I took the deck and played about 5 matches and need to make some changes...it is not working fast enough...I got a few games where my opponent was down to 4-5 but couldn't finish. What suggestions do you all have.
November 9, 2018 8 p.m.
Alright...played about 5 matches and this deck isn't working...it needs to be faster. What do you think could be done to make this quicker/stronger? I got a couple games down to 5 or so life but couldn't finish it.
November 9, 2018 7:38 p.m.
ok...my deck is up...got it down to 65 main and 15 side. I plan to play this for a week or so and then make some adjustments if needed. I am still open to some suggestions but think this may work.
November 9, 2018 12:44 p.m.
I am at 65 main and 15 side right now and think this is going to be my start and then make some adjustments after a few days of playing games.
November 9, 2018 12:33 p.m.
Spazik008...when i was playing back in the early 2000s Goblin Grenade was my card...I loved taking a 1/1 goblin and sacrificing it to do 5 damage to my opponent's face. That is 25% of their starting life points and you only need 1 Red mana.
November 9, 2018 8:55 a.m.
Here is the deck I am working on...I have made some adjustments from the original one in this post but want to trim down the Main Deck more and see what I can do on my Side to make this a better overall deck. I plan to play both MTGO and some local standard games.
November 9, 2018 8:33 a.m.
Thank you all for the advice and help. I will work on it later today and hope to get it down close to 60
November 8, 2018 1:39 p.m.
I appreciate your help with my deck...I am very new to MTG and had another question if you wouldn't mind helping me. I saw you suggested Jaya Ballard for my sideboard but how does this card work?
November 8, 2018 11:26 a.m.
I am trying to build a Standard deck...I appreciate any help you can give.
November 8, 2018 11:14 a.m.
SynergyBuilder...this is why I am here to try to learn where my mistakes are. I agree with you...thanks for your advice.
November 8, 2018 11:09 a.m.
November 8, 2018 10:59 a.m.
I am new to MTG and building my first deck and need help getting the deck size down. If you have suggestions either to narrow or changes that could be made please help.
4 Lightning Strike 2 Goblin Trashmaster 4 Goblin Instigator 4 Goblin Chainwhirler 4 Goblin Barrage 4 Guttersnipe 4 Shock 4 Fanatical Firebrand 4 Goblin Warchief 2 Siege-Gang Commander 4 Risk Factor 4 Doublecast 2 Runaway Steam-Kin 4 Lava Coil 2 The Flame of Keld 4 Legion Warboss 2 Electrify 4 Electrostatic Field 4 Radiating Lightning 22 Mountain
November 8, 2018 8:57 a.m.
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