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 (CM1) 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

cdkime on Commander Ninjutsu

3 days ago

Question 1:

Combat damage does not use the stack. So you cannot use the unmodified creatures to get both triggers.

However, if you give Etrata, the Silencer First Strike, you will be able to get both triggers in the same combat step. Here's how:

First Strike works by creating an additional combat damage step. The combat damage step, in simple form, starts with damage being applied, then gives players priority (i.e. they can activate abilities or cast instant-speed spells).

So, here's how you'd time this:

  1. Etrata, the Silencer is unblocked and deals damage during the First Strike Combat Damage Step. This is also going to trigger her ability, which will end up on the stack first.

  2. Once First Strike combat damage has been dealt, you now gain priority since you are the Active Player. The stack has Etrata, the Silencer's ability on it.

  3. Etrata, the Silencer is still "attacking" and still unblocked--even though she's already dealt damage, until the end of combat step she's still considered an attacking creature.

  4. While Etrata, the Silencer's ability is still on the stack, you activate the Ninjutsu ability. As part of the cost for the Ninjutsu ability, you return Etrata, the Silencer to your hand. The stack now has Etrata, the Silencer's ability and Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow's Ninjutsu ability on the stack.

  5. The Ninjutsu ability resolves and Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow enters the battlefield tapped and attacking. The stack still has Etrata, the Silencer's ability.

  6. Etrata, the Silencer's ability resolves and you get to exile a creature with a hit counter on it. This still works even though Etrata, the Silencer is no longer on the battlefield to be shuffled into your library--she is safe in your hand, ready to be re-cast.

  7. The First Strike Combat Damage Step ends, and you move to the regular combat damage step.

  8. Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow will do combat damage during this step, which will trigger her ability.

This is pretty important--cards like Akroma's Memorial will not work with this plan--they also give Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow First Strike, so she would not be able to do damage in the Regular Combat Damage Step. If you gave all your creatures Double Strike, this plan would still work.

I can't think of any Blue/Black cards that would really work well for this plan--there's some equipment, but you'd have to re-attach it to Etrata, the Silencer every time you wanted to perform this plan.

Question 2:

Ninjutsu is not casting the card--it's an ability that puts the card directly onto the battlefield without using the stack. Like Derevi, Empyrial Tactician's ability, the Ninjutsu ability bypasses the Commander Tax.

DarkStarStorm on Stacks of Masks

1 week ago

Way too few enchantments to actually make your commander do anything. You also have next to no ramp auras. You would be better off using a different commander or going into different colors. Might I recommend Derevi, Empyrial Tactician?

dbpunk on What if...?

2 weeks ago

I feel like Bringer of the Black Dawn is just an over costed Maralen of the Mornsong, but I understand why you left it out.

Tbh in terms of commander decks, they just don't seem that interesting for helms of the decks other than the fact that they have alternative costs similar to Derevi, Empyrial Tactician. They'd be really underwhelming if you couldn't have multiples tbh.

greatdevourer on What is Best in Life?

1 month ago

Consider dropping the following: Derevi, Empyrial Tactician - not a Warrior Boros Signet, Selesnya Signet & Gruul Signet - weak color fixing and better use of sleeves.
Bident of Thassa - not sure, seems kinda weak but it may be better in your deck.
Bear Umbra - cute aura, but aura's are weak in multipler unless your playing aura voltron.
Sosuke, Son of Seshiro - you aren't making snakes. I know that the destroy a creature is nice, but deathtouch does effectively the same thing.

Warriors to consider:
Mardu Woe-Reaper, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Wild Nacatl, Blood-Chin Fanatic, Ogre Marauder, Brutal Hordechief, Drumhunter, Wolfir Silverheart
Glistener Elf - for those times when you really HAVE to but don't want to.....
Patriarch's Bidding - the best tribal recursion spell
Bloodsoaked Champion & Reassembling Skeleton - skullclamp or chump block all day long.
Surrak Dragonclaw & Yasova Dragonclaw - Because why not?
Imperious Perfect & Nacatl War-Pride - tokens!
Brion Stoutarm - fling!
Cliffhaven Vampire - this could be a combo piece....
Herald of Secret Streams - ahahahahahahaha Bramblewood Paragon has a best friend

There are more Warriors to consider, but I wanted to focus on some utility that you may have overlooked.
Here are some lands you may have overlooked: Unclaimed Territory, Opal Palace, Reflecting Pool

jmcc on I Can't Decide On Which ...

1 month ago

All of them are strong commanders and it depends lots on your archetype preference, playgroup power level and more. I'd try sticking to one of the 3 color commanders from budget restraints.

Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder is my favorite for sure, and my vote, but Derevi, Empyrial Tactician is sweet too.

cdkime on I Can't Decide On Which ...

1 month ago

Personally, my choice would be Derevi, Empyrial Tactician. She's got a great ability, strong colours, and can lead to some interesting, fun decks.

EagleDrake13 on I Can't Decide On Which ...

1 month ago

Muldrotha, the Gravetide

Jodah, Archmage Eternal

Najeela, the Blade-Blossom

Karador, Ghost Chieftain

Sidisi, Brood Tyrant

Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder

Derevi, Empyrial Tactician

I can't decide which one to make as my new commander so I'm asking for help. I'm on a slight budget so stax is off the table. I like every general that is here so please just vote for which one I should run.

Safaris on Building a wall, and you're paying for it!

1 month ago

Thanks, building a Derevi, Empyrial Tactician stax deck right now and your list was quite helpful. Also: Best deckname seen in a while!

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