Depala, Pilot Exemplar


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

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Set Rarity
Kaladesh Rare

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Depala, Pilot Exemplar

Legendary Creature — Dwarf

Other Dwarves you control get +1/+1

Each Vehicle you control gets +1/+1 as long as it's a creature.

Whenever Depala, Pilot Exemplar becomes tapped, you may pay X. If you do, reveal the top X cards of your library, put all Dwarf and Vehicle cards from among them into your hand, then put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Depala, Pilot Exemplar Discussion

Shaan on BurnOut

10 hours ago

You can try with this :


Irontread Crusher

Caught in the Brights

Start Your Engines

Foundry Inspector

IN :

Heart of Kiran

Declaration in Stone

2 more Depala, Pilot Exemplar

one more Sram, Senior Edificer

Try with these cards and look again at your mana and it will be better :).

MisterMystic on Red White Vehicle

2 days ago

I would first get rid of all the non-dwarf creatures, then reduce your lands to 22-24. If you are going to be focusing on vehicles, all your creatures should be mainly be Pilots, since they synergize wth vehicles the best. 3 copies of Gearshift Ace, Depala, Pilot Exemplar, and Speedway Fanatic would be the best. Your other pilot, Veteran Motorist, is really powerful in this deck, so get four of him. Finally, I would recommend maybe 18-20 vehicles.

coltron815 on Pattern Recognition #11 - Volvers

2 days ago

TheRedGoat, Elvish Champion absolutely requires just as much a "niche" deck as Depala, Pilot Exemplar. just because there are a lot more elves than vehicles, means literally nothing. just because there are a lot of ways to play elves, means nothing to the fact that champion is only good in elves. the amount of elf variations means nothing, champion is still only good in elves, just like depala is only good in vehicles. and i never said that depala was not a niche card meant for a specific style of play. in fact i already admitted she was. that was the whole concept behind her design. to be a powerhouse option for vehicles. again, this is not a case of "players who want to use depala have to play vehicles", but rather a case of "players who want to use vehicles have the option to use depala". nobody looks at depala and says "dang, i want to use her but i dont want to use vehicles" (because that would be silly) but rather they look at her and say "cool, if i want to run vehicles, i can run this". and passing up using depala at a prerelease means literally nothing. thats a deck you'll only use once, with a card pool thats too limited to really make anything powerful. in a rw vehicle deck, depala is absolutely mandatory. she's too powerful not to use.

TheRedGoat on Pattern Recognition #11 - Volvers

2 days ago

@coltron815 I would first point out that little of your ranting in the above comment is necessary, just mean. It cannot be truly argued that Depala, Pilot Exemplar is not a niche card that is made to go with a very specific playstyle. That style can be done without her, but she cannot be used outside that style of play.

And I suspect that is why berryjon sees her as a bad card in the sense of her affect on any deck build that involves her being shoehorned into one style of play. And, WotC didn't make any other W and R cards to support a different style of play for those colors, which can leaves players with the idea that those colors shouldn't be used in any other manner.

When comparing Elvish Champion, it is a lord like Depala, but playing elves around it is not so niche a playstyle due to the massive number of elves available to choose from and even the colors they appear in.

Comparing her to other multi colored cards within her same block also doesn't help Depala's case, as at best some of the others require you to play energy centric effects, but those are arguably more versatile in their build design than any card deck running Depala.

coltron815 on Pattern Recognition #11 - Volvers

3 days ago

show you another set with vehicles? to even ask that is pure arrogance. there is a first for everything. literally every other card type/mechanic in the game had a "first" block it appeared in. the fact that "there is literally nothing else she is good at" is completely irrelevant. being able to get elves in a variety of blocks does nothing to change the fact that Elvish Champion is ONLY good, and will only ever BE good, in a deck where most if not all the creatures share the elf subtype. even if there were 10 other blocks with vehicles, it wouldnt change the fact that Depala, Pilot Exemplar is only good in vehicle decks. that was her purpose. that was the reason for her design. but heres the thing, not every RW deck has to be vehicles, because not every RW deck is limited to only cards from kaladesh/aether revolt. even in standard, there are other RW decks that can be made. again, you are looking at this with limited/draft tunnel vision.

coltron815 on Pattern Recognition #11 - Volvers

3 days ago

if Depala, Pilot Exemplar is a "wrong" card, then so is every other lord, like Elvish Champion because you "have" to play it in an elf deck.

coltron815 on Pattern Recognition #11 - Volvers

3 days ago

I disagree entirely that Depala, Pilot Exemplar is a "wrong" card. you are looking at it completely backwards. it is not WOTC saying "if you want to run depala, you have to use vehicles", if anything its WOTC saying "if you want to run vehicles, here is a powerful option for that". key word being option. you also seem to be looking at each set or block only from the perspective of draft and limited. and in my experience, the amount of people who only play that way are...well... limited. there are a variety of other formats. Ravnica is one of my favorite blocks along with lorwyn, tarkir, and kamigawa

Kiivuhl on A Clockwork Orange

4 days ago


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