Derevi, Empyrial Tactician


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander Anthology (CMT) Mythic Rare
Commander 2013 (C13) 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.

: Put Derevi onto the battlefield from the command zone.

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Derevi, Empyrial Tactician Discussion

jessniem on cards against a flicker deck

1 week ago

Raysracing I run it in my Derevi, Empyrial Tactician deck, and yes, thats mean :)

blackfire2400 on Rubinia - Helm of the Host

1 week ago

With all these copy effects I would suggest grabbing a copy of Biovisionary it works wonders in my Derevi, Empyrial Tactician deck

Faded on Stranglehold-esque/"cheese hating" EDH cards

2 weeks ago

Vengful Pilgrim works great at slowing Derevi, Empyrial Tactician. I like it alot.

Pyromaniac seems too niche but I like the 'lose' clause as well, it gives the card some versatility. Instead of 'a player' why not 'an opponent', this could be used as an anti-mill card or facility an all mill strategy. Not sure that fits within red. Also not sure this needs to be a creature. I'm thinking a blue/red enchantment.

PierreThePlaneswalker on Order

2 weeks ago

I have nothing against it, but just I find that win condition super boring and I wanted to do something different.

Generally when I do combos I want to doing something fun, i.e. Glimpse of Nature + Paradox Engine in Freyalise, Llanowar's Fury or Lord of Extinction + Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord in Meren of Clan Nel Toth. I don't like instant "I win" combos like Bloom Tender + Derevi, Empyrial Tactician + Deadeye Navigator that just arbitrarily end the game.


Tiny_Sir on Non-Staxx Derevi?

1 month ago

Hey all.

I was wondering if anyone had a non-staxx Derevi, Empyrial Tactician list going around they were pleased with. I hate stax, but come on guys, a BIRD WIZARD. (FN Reference was intentional).

DrukenReaps on Need insight on my commander.

1 month ago

She is quite strong but that also comes with being a target. There are some ways to help deal with this: Swiftfoot Boots, Lightning Greaves, Archetype of Endurance, Mask of Avacyn, Journey to Eternity  Flip, Victimize, Asceticism.

Another way is to attack your opponents hands with cards like Mind Slash, Sadistic Hypnotist, and Vindictive Lich.

And since the deck does really focus on her make sure you have around 8 effects that can replicate her ability in some way. They don't need to be as powerful as her effect they just need to be similar.

Other precon commanders that are easier or are not such big targets:

Any of the eminence commanders from 2017 Edgar Markov, The Ur-Dragon, Inalla, Archmage Ritualist, Arahbo, Roar of the World. These commanders don't have to ever see play to be useful in my opinion the most powerful eminence effect is Edgar Markov followed closely by Inalla, Archmage Ritualist.

Nazahn, Revered Bladesmith is also of note because he immediately grabs, plays, and equips Hammer of Nazahn making him indestructible. He also isn't considered to be powerful by most people so you are less of a target. Comes in the 2017 commander cat deck.

Daretti, Scrap Savant is out of the 2014 precons and is a powerhouse. The precon itself comes with some of the better artifacts for him too like Wurmcoil Engine. This is something you could go back and forth on as to how easy it is to keep him around, in my meta walkers tend to stick pretty well for about 3 turns.

Oloro, Ageless Ascetic is out of 2013 and has eminence from before it was cool. People are constantly bitching about him whenever he comes up. I don't think he is actually that powerful I think it is more that he just keeps gaining value every turn from the beginning to the end. good card draw if you can keep him on board though so that is really nice.

Derevi, Empyrial Tactician another from 2013. The thing about this guy is that he will always cost 4 mana no matter how many times he dies so unless someone really needs him dead he doesn't tend to get targeted with removal since he will come back out instantly.

Prossh, Skyraider of Kher, Marath, Will of the Wild, and Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge range from great to good and are worth thinking about since every time they come back they are just a little bit better. Also from 2013.

Karador, Ghost Chieftain will cost 3 mana and is out of the original commander set. really hard to keep this guy out of the game.

Animar, Soul of Elements is protected from some of the better removal and also out of the original commander.

With all of that said some of these are rather difficult to get a hold of and I don't know off the top of my head how many of these were bad precons compared to the others. If you have some idea of what kind of things you like to do when you play that would help. Simply going off what you are already playing I would say either stick to her or go with Karador, Ghost Chieftain as he does a lot of the same things with another color and with his cost reduction he almost always just costs 3 mana. If you want something aggro/aristocrat Edgar Markov is the way to go and if you want combo/control Inalla, Archmage Ritualist is great.

Devix on EDH - Ramos, the Multicolor Engine

1 month ago

Hi cgannon, this is the deck i've tested so far. A combination of the cards that i already have and some cheap ones i've bought for testing. It was surprisingly strong already, so i am determined to make it better.

I am currently adding Animar, Soul of Elements, Winding Constrictor and Marath, Will of the Wild.
Derevi, Empyrial Tactician will probably leave the deck, but i need to cut a lot more cards.

Thank you for your suggestion. I think i will add them all, but i have to look which card will leave the deck.

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