Derevi, Empyrial Tactician


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker 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.

Derevi, Empyrial Tactician Discussion

FunkyMountains on Help Being Casual

1 week ago

ZendikariWol all good dude. I mean yea sometimes the throw will happen if you dont truly believe in the heart of the cards and you get no land or all land or you're missing the tools you need to get back on your horse and ride after your opponent removes your engine but that will happen.. That to me is part of casual edh, not always having the answers. Some of the most fun I had was playing my mimeoplasm deck vs my friend's Derevi, Empyrial Tactician heavy control deck. A lot of times I had games where I was looking great cheating big creatures out of the graveyard just to have them stolen or have my graveyard targets removed by Scavenging Ooze but pulling off a win against him also felt the best cuz I felt like i climbed everest like I actualy played well beat him with skill despite the odds being stacked against me. or having random jank cards that you decided to include for that 1 time it could be amazing like Autumn's Veil come through real clutch. I find a lot of fun in that and I feel like thats a big part of casual.

GhostChieftain on Fun Cards to mess with ...

1 week ago

Playing politics(at least politics a la command zone) is like 85% of the time the wrong move. It causes the game to go longer and usually gives you suboptimal plays.

As far as being a wild card, my suggestion would be to play almost everything at instant speed so your opponent never knows if you are about to counter a spell or flash in a creature or blow up their artifact or draw a new grip of cards. Probably using Derevi, Empyrial Tactician because he is in the best colors for this, can be "flashed" in with his ability, and his ability can be used to tap down your opponent's plans before they can use them.

VampiricTooter on Choosing Commander

2 weeks ago

Mirri is fun, never used it as a commander but she is awesome in my Derevi, Empyrial Tactician deck

SaberTech on Ancestral Animar

3 weeks ago

I'm usually pretty content to use Phantasmal Image to copy a cantrip creature, but I find that my preferred targets are either tutor creatures, Beast Whisperer / Primordial Sage , or Peregrine Drake . There are also some other commanders that I wouldn't mind copying if given the chance; such as Tymna the Weaver or Derevi, Empyrial Tactician .

Long gone are the days when clone effects would let you kill your opponents' legendary permanents, but I've generally found that both Phantasmal Image and Phyrexian Metamorph offer good value plays anyway. I do miss being able to use the Metamorph to destroy an opponent's Umezawa's Jitte though.

HaonDestiny01 on The Tap-tician Magician

2 months ago

Can I ask what route do you want to take? Do you want to go a more cEDH route or traditional EDH. If you wish to go more cEDH than I would look up cEDH_TV he has a Derevi, Empyrial Tactician lockdown deck. If you’re going for more traditional EDH route if you still want to go STAX I wish you luck with keeping friends but I would just look at some different lists and pick and choose what you think suits you best.

Spirits on Kaalia, Mirror Breaker EDH

2 months ago

Hi weezel,

I was getting pretty upset last week, when I saw God-Eternal Kefnet and Jace, Wielder of Mysteries then I saw the Leonin Relic-Warder + Animate Dead , I abuse him with Oblivion Ring in other decks, Brago, the Banisher $50 EDH with Reveillark and Alesha, Boros' Crusade $50 EDH with Fiend Hunter , but this one BLEW my mind, it's so simple, good on it's own, and doesn't need any off-synergy cards!

Sounds like your having great success with this type of build! When T2-T4 good ol' Buried Alive is the back-up plan, in pretty good shape. He's the Master of Cruelties should never show mercy! If they winning on T7 that's pretty good too, no fun in dragging the game out past T5!

Agreed Hatred is just too much of a life commitment, even when casting it on a Lifelink creature, the initial burden of life is too much, Leonin Relic-Warder is far more value as an alternative win-con! I always find it strange that people fear Kaalia of the Vast , sit down at table with Kess, Dissident Mage , Prossh, Skyraider of Kher , and Derevi, Empyrial Tactician , it's wrong evaluation that Kaalia of the Vast is the highest threat, even if I resolve a Avacyn, Angel of Hope early.

Sneak Attack doesn't get me a Buried Alive so it's not as useful, in many cases (without a Razaketh, the Foulblooded or Rune-Scarred Demon ) for example. Sneak Attack needs other synergistic cards to be truly effective (unless you have a Razaketh, the Foulblooded )

AKBZ on I'm getting out of ideas.

2 months ago

I imagine that they don’t like a consistent deck. They don’t like a deck doing the same thing every time. Like, edric is extra turns, and Azami goes and gets Paradox Engine and Edgar cheats out a board of vampires and the sliver deck always starts off with the same sequence of slivers. They probably give you dirty looks when you cast Demonic Tutor and know that you are going to get a combo piece. The thing is, I don’t think you can ever please them, because you enjoy your deck doing the same thing every time. Let’s take something like reanimator. You can play five colored reanimator and have all sorts of creatures to bring back. You can play Jin gitaxis, or elesh norn, or sire of insanity. It honestly won’t matter what you bring back, because you are consistently using Entomb or Buried Alive to put creatures into the grave, then using Animate Dead to bring them back, and you are doing that every time. Because you are consistent, they won’t like the deck. You can play elf ball and finish with Craterhoof Behemoth , but because you ramped so fast and you play one mana dork that is the same as another, and probably finish with any Overrun effect, they won’t like it. What they want is too see the deck do something different every time, which is just ridiculous. They don’t mind the reanimator aspect, they just get tired of the same tutors being used. They want you to use things like Faithless Looting or Chart a Course as a way to dump creatures into your grave, while at the same time reanimating things like Avenger of Zendikar or Ghalta or something slow that they can interact with. I imagine this playgroup complains about infect a lot and wanders why the number is ten in commander. What they want is you to use things like Diabolic Tutor instead of Vampiric Tutor . Quite frankly, as you can sort of tell, I deal with these same people and I too cant please them. Playing a consistent deck is what makes a good deck, but commander players want variance and not lose to the same thing. If you want to try a deck, you can try playing Najeela, Blade-Blossom as the commander, and play extra combat steps. Traditionally, you would play things like Derevi, Empyrial Tactician or Nature's Will to create infinite combat steps, but that creates infinite combat steps. Instead, play a few extra combat step cards and play synergy cards like Secure the Wastes or a lot of warriors. Instead of playing tutors, play a lot of removal. Make sure you still have a lot of draw power, so that you can stay in the game. This should give you what your group wants, which is variance. They don’t want your deck doing the same thing every time. I would also like to apologize in advance if I offended you and your friends. I know that everyone has there level of fun and everyone enjoys magic differently. For commander players, it seems to be variance. I personally don’t subscribe to variance. I want my decks to do the same thing every time I play it. However, that appears to be what your group wants. Variety in your wins.

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