Derevi, Empyrial Tactician


Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2013 Mythic Rare

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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.

1GWU: Put Derevi onto the battlefield from the command zone.

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Derevi, Empyrial Tactician Discussion

Kizrakas on Ladies Looking Left

1 week ago

Derevi, Empyrial Tactician counts right? I might switch my lock down deck to this theme

Seotin on Derevi Combo

1 week ago

Reveillark+Karmic Guide +Derevi, Empyrial Tactician+a sac outlet is pretty good as well.

Argy on Help making Kaalia deck budget

1 week ago

I quite like
Derevi, Empyrial Tactician

Particularly for newer players.

You can buy him in a pre-con then tweak the hell out of it, which is a budget way forward.

TheDevicer on Help being a monster

1 week ago

Trust me, I get it. I'm that spike. I understand that frustration you're going through. Still, what you're doing isn't going to work.

The thing with Stax as an archetype is that it requires you to do something called breaking parity. What this concept boils down to is being able to do more than your opponents when you land cards that have symmetrical effects. For instance, when that Winter Orb is on the table, the Derevi, Empyrial Tactician deck might seek to break parity by using Derevi's ability to untap Gaea's Cradle. Another way stax decks go about doing this is by making sure they actually get to cast their spells even when they have nothing crazy going on for them. This means keeping a low average converted mana cost.

All of that is super hard to do on budget. Also, keep in mind that stax fucks over the entire table. It makes it much harder for the rest of the table to team up to fight that one problematic player. I don't care how good your deck is, it's really hard to 1v3 the table. That's whhy you should look to politics first and foremost to address these types of issues.

I recommend players in this type of situation to play a proactive strategy with a healthy dose of interaction thrown in. Think of something like Roon of the Hidden Realm. That guy can be fairly cheap to build. He becomes ok at a shop level once you have $100 in that deck and an actual threat if you're not careful once you go past $150. Moreover, he can pressure you with his value-based gameplan or threaten to combo you out of the game. The best thing about your combo pieces is that they double up as value cards too. In addition, you have access to tons of different answers that you can buy on the cheap. Oh, and when you're done building this deck, it's actually something you can play liberally against most decks without issue AND it's chuck full of staples so even if you end up desleeving the thing, you'll have your money back through trades.

I'm telling you, OP, you're going about this the wrong way. A stax deck isn't something that's appreciated a ton by most players, it won't be as effective as you think it will be, and you'll end up with tons of cards that don't readily fit into other strategies. If you're only capable of putting in some minor cash into the game every once in a while, you want to be smart about your purchases and get cards that serve many purposes for your deck.

If I were you, I'd look for generals with some combination of green, blue, black, and white. Make sure you have a solid and threatening main gameplan, and that you have interaction (counterspells, artifact+enchantment break, boardwipes, etc.).

I don't want to sound condescending, but Atraxa really isn't all that great once you weigh in all the most competitive things you can do in the format. If your buddy is playing a $300 build, his deck likely isn't even that good. If you concentrated on improving your builds, you'll have an ok time, I guarantee it.

Oh, and last piece of advice: talk to the guy. If he's regularly making your entire group feel like shit by walking all over you guys, bring it up and make sure not to accuse him of anything. Phrase it like this: I feel like I'm being forced to build decks I would otherwise never play because of how good your deck is. It's making me have less fun.

Errast on Help being a monster

1 week ago

If you're looking for Cheap stax decks, I'd recommend Derevi, Empyrial Tactician over Narset personally, but I'll throw up a list here just in case.

Really, any card that screws with the landbase are good with commanders like Narset, and Zur. Anyway, Sorry for the long list, and good luck with your deck.

The_2ndpanda on hosshughes

1 week ago

Hey I just wanted to say thx, I have been going through a hard part of my life right now so thank you for keep me happy with you decks. Also in celebration of commander analthogy can you make a Derevi, Empyrial Tactician and Meren of Clan Nel Toth decks. And finally for me a Dralnu, Lich Lord deck for my request.

Yamisu on Tana and Tymna Blood Pod - Primer

2 weeks ago

I have actually been brewing on a TnT stax list myself, the last few days and noticed a few differences in our lists. For reference: Toffee Pudding is what I came up with.

I think most of the differences are that I included more permanent-hate in the form of The Abyss, Smokestack and the like, and Armageddon with Life from the Loam and Crucible of Worlds, which lets me also strip lands for Smokestack. I've tried to stay away from including too many tap effects since my meta has a Derevi, Empyrial Tactician deck that could take advantage of my tapping cards better than we ever could.Including both sacrifice engines and land recursion, though, I feel like my list is lacking a bit of focus.

I thought maybe this build would be a way to deal with a meta that has more creature focussed combos; think Karador, Ghost Chieftain and Animar, Soul of Elements.

I'd love to hear any opinions and ideas. Cheers!

Panas on Looking for the Meanest Commander

3 weeks ago

Wow! That's the most horrible thing anyone has ever said about this game - especially this format! I must ask you to reconsider your vindictive attitude, sir. Your playgroup does not deserve to have its fun drained by one of his upstanding players, because of one upstart ruffian!

All jokes aside, don't do this man. You will just enforce a horrible precedent in your playgroup that will lead to you guys actually falling appart (at least for what MtG is concerned). Not worth it.

EDH is meant to be FUN and playgroups are meant to manage bad boys through conversation! Talk to the guy. If he doesn't listen then be polite while you point him to the nearest unoccupied table to play by himself.

Another thing to do is to change your perspective on proxying. Do not allow it. The lack of resources promotes creativity; this motto has led my playgroup to find lots of hidden gems. If we ever allow a proxy or two for playtesting reasons we ask this of the person proxying: "If you like the card, when will you get the physical copy?". A card like Nether Void usually means "never" is the answer. So talk within the group and don't allow this kind of stupidity.

Now, although I don't want to have any part in the quarrel between your playgroup, I will also promote the stax-strategy. This is a very valid and very competitive playstyle that is mostly fair (not a lot of wins out of thin air - not many infinite combos etc). I would recommend Derevi, Empyrial Tactician or Glissa, the Traitor as my favourite stax commanders. Be warned, that even though a well prepared deck can still perform through the locks imposed, most builds will fold to them as they are quite oppressive (Cf. Stasis, Winter Orb, Smokestack). The pressure applied to all players - the pilot included - is bone crushing. So there you go, have fun, and welcome to the dark side. Stay to long and you will end up lonely! VERY lonely!

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