Derevi, Empyrial Tactician

Derevi, Empyrial Tactician

Legendary Creature — Bird Wizard


Whenever Derevi, Empyrial Tactician enters the battlefield or a creature you control deals combat damage to a player, you may tap or untap target permanent.

: Put Derevi onto the battlefield from the command zone.

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Set Rarity
Commander Anthology (CM1) Mythic Rare
Commander 2013 (C13) Mythic Rare

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Derevi, Empyrial Tactician occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Derevi, Empyrial Tactician Discussion

triproberts12 on Mr. Sandman, Bring me a Dream

1 week ago

If you're going to devote a deck to your favorite card (Nice choice, mine's Soulcatchers' Aerie), I would go all in. For example, in Dimir, Mana Skimmer is the Timeshifted version of Somnophore.

Time of Ice, Quiet Contemplation, Back to Basics, Dream Tides, Wrath of Marit Lage, Temporal Distortion, Neko-Te Thalakos Dreamsower, Wall of Stolen Identity, Frost Titan, Queen of Ice, Wall of Ice, Niblis of Frost, Guardian of Tazeem, Icefall Regent, Dungeon Geists, Mesmerizing Benthid, House Guildmage, Tidebinder Mage, Watertrap Weaver, Frost Lynx, Stitched Mangler, Fogwalker, and Vertigo Spawn would probably be my picks for "freeze" tribal.

Alternately, if you're not invested in Dimir, so much as in the creature itself, you could build a Derevi, Empyrial Tactician, or Empress Galina deck, since those commanders probably best represent what the card is doing.

CorbeaV on Sisay cedh cradlelesss

2 months ago

this is a sisay weatherlight captain deck for cedh this deck runs 2 different combos that could win you the game Godo, Bandit Warlord Helm of the Host (i don't think i have to explain this one) Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God + Aminatou, the Fateshifter + Oath of Teferi both pws can now flicker each other and 1 additional permanents (a land whould produce infinite mana for exemple) to win from there you can use Oath of Kaya or Ashiok, Dream Render to kill your opponents and win

that's a lot of cards and godo is faster you think ? well not realy using either Bloom Tender or Faeburrow Elder activate the boss to find Derevi, Empyrial Tactician this will untap the dork you can now find Aminatou, the Fateshifter flicker derevi find Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God and i assume you get it from now

the rest of the deck is toolboxing so i'll not get into every scenario for each card but sisay's activations can be used "as counterspells" to specific things

SynergyBuild on Oracle Core

2 months ago

Cards I have been testing as possible options for this deck:

Cephalid Coliseum - This one works well against the mirror-match, killing in response to the oracle trigger, but also just has decent value targetting yourself. This isn't the worst even if it is just a bad island too, and this deck can fill it's yard fast too. Great in grindier matches.

Tale's End - Stifle effect, that can hit commanders, Jace, Wielder of Mysteries, Oko, Thief of Crowns, and other walkers, then it can hit Derevi, Empyrial Tactician, Tymna the Weaver, and Edric, Spymaster of Trest in the Najeela deck. Linvala, Keeper of Silence is seeing play as a one-sided counter to this deck in some midrange builds, and it too can be countered. So while it isn't a great counterspell, stifle effects are in high demand, and this does some outside work.

Abeyance - This Orim's Chant effect is often way more powerful than it seems. It is no silence when you are trying to go off, 2 CMC and it doesn't stop any artifacts, enchantments, or walkers, but the card can shut down an on-stack flash, by making Nomads en-Kor unable to activate, and also stopping the consult line but shutting down further consultation casts. Few cards can shut down both halves of this line, while also cantripping, and being able to be used to protect yourself from interaction in a pinch or grab a top-of-deck-tutored card. I have found mild success for this card, but haven't seen it in enough games to be completely sure.

kamarupa on Orangepanda01

4 months ago

Perhaps you'd be willing to give me suggestions on my Derevi, Empyrial Tactician Oathbreaker attempt? (Tap Dancers) I'm new to the format and don't play EDH.

cannibalfood on Numerical Dyslexia is a Bitch...

4 months ago

It was very useful and would love to hear more given the chance. I've got Mindswipe in there already but will get Syncopate in there swapped for something. I agree on the "hard counters" being used as opposed to the "singular" ones too (If I recall correctly I've got some common hard counters I could put in till get better ones). Having gotten back into commander I'll be posting my decks for card swaps/ideas.

The Scarab God Already posted

Omnath, Locus of Rage

Jalira, Master Polymorphist Already posted

Zur the Enchanter

Atraxa, Praetors' Voice

Alesha, Who Smiles at Death already posted as Alesha, Who Smiles While Giving the Finger but needs edited as I've swapped few cards around.

Derevi, Empyrial Tactician First commander deck played as pre-con.

Tzefick on Prismot, King of Leylines

4 months ago

Boza and how would a WUBRG colored Prismot that only truly benefits 2 colors be less obscure about what's in your deck than a variant that have you choose your colors at the start of the game?

The main problem I think with the idea of having you select his color identity and tie your deck limitations to the start of the game, is that there's no rules that actually stop you from having Dimir in the 99 and name Boros as you start the game.

The rules on Prismot then states your deck is essentially illegal - but those rules are based on the deck building portion of the format - not the game itself.

Without an actual color identity at the time of deck building, it is actually illegal to put anything but colorless cards into your 99.

In short: I think what OP is going for will be a mess of rules and there is a relatively simple fix with the side casualty that you can actually put any color spells into the deck but only have Prismot benefit two of them.

If you really want to be locking it down into two colors, I guess you could have him say:

"At the beginning of the game, if Prismot is your Commander, choose two colors. Prismot is those colors and you cannot play cards you own with a color identity not chosen this way, except for colorless cards, for the rest of the game."

This way it doesn't make your deck illegal if you have cards outside the chosen colors, but it disables the ability to explicitly play/cast them. You could effectively still cheat those cards out if you don't cast them but then you need to jump through hoops to go there. I included "cards you own" to allow the use of Memory Plunder on a non / spell.

However this templating is weird and if you include him in the 99, then you're stuck with a load of text that has no meaning - which usually is a no-no for WotC. They allow a certain amount of "only relevant as commander" for specific legendaries like Derevi, Empyrial Tactician but so far they don't allow the majority of the card's effect go to waste if not the commander.

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