Quote from BallisticQuillI'm really considering building Jaya (The only color I don't use in EDH is red at the moment). This primer is very, very useful. Thanks for putting it together.
One question does occur to me, why is Skullclamp not being considered in a deck this light on draw? Even with a low creature count I would think creatures like squee and the phoenix would love this effect. Even Jaya could wear the hat in a pinch?
Quote from dementia55372A friend of mine used to run a mono-red EDH deck with clamp and Goblin Assault which basically gave him 2 extra cards a turn. Idk if this really fits into this kind of deck but I thought it was a really good idea.
Quote from materpillarHere's my list. I'm just curious to see what you think.
Weebo's DeckMagic OnlineOCTGN2ApprenticeBuy These Cards
Jaya1 Jaya Ballard, Task MageCreatures2 Fortune Thief3 Hoarding Dragon4 Moggcatcher5 Ingot Chewer6 Darksteel Colossus7 Cyclops Gladiator8 Crater Hellion9 Boldwyr Intimidator10 Viashino Heretic11 Squee, Goblin Nabob12 Goblin Welder13 Hoard-Smelter Dragon14 Anger15 Hateflayer16 Magma Pheonix17 Mana-Charged Dragon18 Aether Membrane19 Taurean Mauler20 Dark Depths21 Flametongue KavuPlaneswalkers22 Chandra Alaze23 Chandra NalaarSorcery23 Insurrection24 Shattering Spree25 Into the Maw of Hell26 Blasphemous Act27 Shivan MeteorEnchantments28 Pyrohemia29 Mana Flare30 Vicious Shadows31 Vow of LightningInstants32 Into the core33 Wild Richochet34 Reverberate35 Shunt36 Comet Storm37 Fissure38 Word of Seizing39 Reroute40 Searing Wind41 Shattering Pulse42 Lightning Bolt43 Chaos Warp44 ReiterateArtifacts45 Armillary Sphere46 Foriysian Totem47 Caged Sun48 Extraplanar Lens49 Darksteel Ingot50 Tower of Calamities51 Mimic Vat52 Darksteel Plate53 Howling Mine54 Tower of Fortunes55 Worldslayer56 Liquimetal Coating57 Nevinyrral's Disk58 Basilisk Collar59 Pithing Needle60 Temple Bell61 Mycosynth Lattice62 Swiftfoot Boots63 Brittle Effigy64 MirariLands65 Spinerock Knoll66 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle67 Dust Bowl68 Ghitu Encampment69 Darksteel Citadel
Some of the cards are kinda sub-par but I run them because I really enjoy them (Shivan Meteor and Boldwyr Intimidator for instance).
The deck usually gets there with vicious shadows, darksteel collosus+worldslayer, or card advantage and random creature beats.
I would seriously recommend you give Basilisk collar and pyrohemia a shot. Basilisk collar on Jaya, is just silly when she can inferno. Seriously you usually gain 40+ life in addition to simply killing everything. Pyrohemia keeps creature swarms way way down, in addition to being a way to kill the whole table (mana doublers everyone).
Also, I die to ulamog way too constantly. There any decent ways to answer him in red other than the vow of lightning and karn? Similar question about Darksteel plate (I'm added into the core just for that card)
Quote from Archangel29I don't have anything incredibly productive to say, but it's nice to see the first planeswalker having a primer made for her.
I'm a huge fan of Jaya and intend on building a deck for her on account of how awesome she is. Great job on the primer. If there were a pulitzer prize for forum posts, this would be up there!
Quote from WeeboCollar is already in there, and there's no way it's coming out. Massive lifegain and potent spot removal make it an all star. Pyrohemia is another card that I glance at just about every time I go to work on this deck, but it hasn't made the cut yet. There are a few creature sweepers already, like the general, so it's seemed redundant. It's still something I've been meaning to try, but I don't like testing more than a few cards at a time so it's pretty slow going.
Changes, I'd consider additional goblins. Swapping out Ingot Chewer for Tuktuk Scrapper lets you tutor it up with Moggcatcher. Also, while he's not terribly cheap dollar-wise right now, you look like you have a deck that could make use of Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker. While those are fairly major changes, it opens up all the various goblin tutors for you. If Chandra Nalaar isn't one of the pet cards, I'd consider losing her. If she is, I absolutely understand - I ran her for quite a while. I'm also wondering about Worldslayer. It's great if you've got Colossus or Marit Lage out, but you should be in pretty good shape at that point anyways. Repercussion has always been an all star for me as well, though it's better if you have solid sac outlets, Sword of Fire and Ice, or Akroma's Memorial. They're a little expensive, but they're extremely powerful both as buffs for your attackers and as ways to nuke the board with Jaya while protecting your dudes. Other stuff at high speed: I can't recommend Rings of Brighthearth enough, Journeyer's Kite and Thawing Glaciers both help you hit land drops as well as give you cards to toss, and Past in Flames and Charmbreaker Devils can keep you well stocked with powerful instants and sorceries.
For dealing with Ulamog/Plate, stealing and saccing is one reliable way outside of the answers you already run. Act of Aggression and Grab the Reins are both instant speed ways to borrow Ulamog, whether you want to swing in or just stop the attack before it happens. Heat Shimmer also answers Ulamog or any other legendary creature, as well as letting you make use of whatever tasty etb abilities are at the table. Duplicant and Brittle Effigy can both exile. If you're really having trouble, there's always the brand new and very costly Helvault. I can't think of anything specific for Darksteel Plate other than Into the Core, though there are a couple [CARD=magnetic theft]cards that let you steal equipment, at least temporarily. While they're probably too narrow, I'm not sure how prevalent Plate is and how much trouble it's giving you.
Overall, it looks pretty solid. There are definitely places where you could make improvements, but that's true of every deck out there and a lot of it comes down to playstyle differences, like how I probably focus a little too much on Jaya in my build. How long have you been playing the deck!
Quote from materpillarI really like the heat shimmer idea, so I'll look into getting one. Same with the goblin scrapper. Also, I have a rings of brighthearth on hand, what would you recommend I cut?
Quote from Archangel29So, admittedly, you inspired me and today I decided to use your list and a few different cards I enjoy in order to make a list. The deck can be found here: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/jaya-ballard-planeswalker/
I was hoping you could help me out with a few things that are redundant or need to be cut or maybe some things that the deck is missing as I am currently 10 cards over the max and figured I would ask the expert before I cut anything too valuable. Thanks!
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Quote from bobthefunnyNo love for Winding Canyons? I also tend to prefer Kuldotha Phoenix over it's brothers, as it returns to play, and has haste. I realize that you actually want more of them in hand, for Jaya, but sometimes a decent reviving flyer can come in handy.
4: block target attacking creature.
Quote from BhaelfurNice write up! I noticed you have Furnace of Rath listed twice under the "Enchantment" section of the first post.
Quote from DonaldNice write up!
Have you considered Stuffy Doll? He works well with Jaya, Furnace of Rath, Gratuitous Violence and all the damage based sweepers, especially Blasphemous Act. Plus even without those he's a good value card that can deter attacks and allows other opponents to circumvent the blockers of the chosen player by swinging at you instead.
Quote from coona93what about distorting lens ?
Quote from MormagilHave you tried Staff of Nin? It's pricey, easily removed, and the ping isn't too relevant but it does draw you a card every turn, which it seems the deck would hugely benefit from.