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.
Printings View all
|Commander Anthology (CM1)||Mythic Rare|
|Commander 2013 (C13)||Mythic Rare|
Combos Browse all
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Derevi, Empyrial Tactician occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.02%
Derevi, Empyrial Tactician Discussion
4 days ago
Nice concept. Since we’re utilizing tutors such as Birthing Pod we could consider Prime Speaker Vannifar as well. Since we’re running Derevi, Empyrial Tactician and Brago, King Eternal we could benefit from a few of the higher-end stax pieces such as Static Orb, Winter Orb, or even Tangle Wire. Personally, I feel that Lavinia, Azorious Renegade is effectively superseded by Drannith Magistrate. I appreciate the detailed write-up. I hope this helps.
SynergyBuild on enpc
1 month ago
Sadly, you need to get to 6 power for Sisay, since Sisay, Weatherlight Captain says 'costs less than' rather than 'equal to or less than.'
No worries, the use of Jegantha as a companion is it lets you get Sisay to 4 power on it's own, which allows the whole combo to occur with no extra pieces. Yes 11 mana is a ton, but 3-3-5 isn't too bad, when it's a 5 color, 0 card combo, you can work with anything in deck. Radha while not bad for the deck, will often be worse than other ramp pieces like Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy, or just normal ramp.
The actual legends in more competitive Sisay lists (according to lists I've seen) are Lavinia, Azorius Renegade, Anafenza, the Foremost, Gaddock Teeg, Tymna the Weaver, Thrasios, Triton Hero, Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy, Teferi, Time Raveler, Oko, Thief of Crowns, Kethis, the Hidden Hand, Dack Fayden, Aminatou, the Fateshifter, The Chain Veil, Umezawa's Jitte, Derevi, Empyrial Tactician/Najeela, the Blade-Blossom (and Samut, Voice of Dissent optionally for this combo).
Optionally (on EDHREC) Helm of the Host, Hammer of Nazahn, Reki, the History of Kamigawa, Alesha, Who Smiles at Death, Domri, Anarch of Bolas, Teferi, Hero of Dominaria, Shalai, Voice of Plenty, Kambal, Consul of Allocation, Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain, Saffi Eriksdotter, Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons, Yisan, the Wanderer Bard, Captain Sisay, Brago, King Eternal, Kunoros, Hound of Athreos, Ashiok, Dream Render/Narset, Parter of Veils/Teferi, Master of Time/Linvala, Keeper of Silence (non-Jegantha variations)
Sadly, while Radha seems okay? Tutoring it is really bad, since you could fetch value pieces like Wrenn and Six, or better ramp like Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy, and I doubt you need an extra green if you can cast Sisay and activate her, and she also already needs to have a 1 color legend out. If you are looking to use Radha for pumping Sisay, run more of the optional legends. Idk, I could be wrong but I don't see it being popular, I hope you have the best of luck with it, it seems pretty fun for the deck on terms of a flavor include!
1 month ago
I mean, if you're concerned about the fragility of using Najeela to combo off, you could always go:
Sisay gets Samut, Voice of Dissent, spending W to untap Jegantha
Resto angel flickers Jegantha
Sisay gets Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker to make infinite angels with haste
The line does require a non-legendary, however you can shortcut it if you have resto in hand already (since you don't need to get Vannifar).
It's worth mentioning htat this line does need you run Jegantha as one of the 99, rather than as a companion. However thanks to the comapion rules change, I don't think this is an issue as otherwise you would be paying 8 mana for him anyway (across the 3 to hand and then casting cost).
1 month ago
The most popular is as follows: Activate Sisay getting Derevi, Empyrial Tactician, then untapping Jegantha, activating Sisay getting Samut, Voice of Dissent, then using her to untap Jegantha, getting Najeela, the Blade-Blossom. Najeela can attack with Derevi, and if any of them or the warrior token Najeela connects, Derevi untaps Jegantha, giving you an extra combat, this goes infinite really quickly.
It does require an extra white mana, to be pre-combat, and none of the combo pieces can be blocked or killed in combat, but if it works, it's super powerful.
I've been designing tons of other variations, and shortened one line down about as far as I currently can. The line is 6 cards, and fully mana inclusive. It's not as efficient, and I am not fully sure it works how I want, so I want all of your input.
The start is similar. We use a few cards to untap Jegantha, and then combo off. The first card we get, since Sisay with Jegantha is at 4 power, and can only fetch 3 or less is Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner, which gives 1 power to Sisay, and untaps Jegantha, which lets us get Aminatou, the Fateshifter, this gives Sisay 2 power, flickers Kiora, untapping Jegantha, activating Sisay, getting either Sarkhan Vol, or Gideon, Martial Paragon, for this demonstration, I will use Gideon, since it is easier, and works the same overall.
Using Gideon, untap Jegantha and give Sisay one more power. Activating her using Jegantha will let you get Chromatic Orrery (why we needed the +1 power), tapping it lets you activate Sisay, getting Oath of Teferi, which can flicker any land, and gives us another activation on all of our walkers.
This is the premise of our combo, play walkers that untap Jegantha, and Oath of Teferi to get multiple pieces. Reusing those walkers for the win is the most compact way.
We now use Gideon to untap Jegantha, get The Chain Veil (Our 6th card), then activate Kiora to untap Orrery, activating The Chain Veil, giving us 3 activations on all our walkers (Floating 1 Mana). We activate Kiora again to untap Orrery, floating 6 mana. Activate Aminatou (down to 1) to flicker Kiora, with 3 activations left. Untap Chromatic Orrery once (10 mana) and untap + activate The Chain Veil 2 times, giving us 5 activations on each walker. Spend these on Kiora to untap both the Veil and the Orrery and activate them both (3 mana left). now spend the last activation untapping Orrery (8 mana) with 6 activations, only two on Aminatou used, you can plus and minus Aminatou to flicker Kiora, and use 6 untaps to get 3 more Orrery and Veil untaps.
This loop gets you infinite planeswalker triggers, untaps, and flickers, as well as floating 3 mana per loop. Using your infinite triggers to flicker Sisay over and over, triggering Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner's draw trigger will let you draw your deck, and with all of that, and the fact you can Gideon, Martial Paragon Ultimate and plus infinitely should win you the game. You can play the rest of your deck, and win in any number of ways.
Does this work how I think it does?
1 month ago
TonyStark9001, I can't mention alternative options between the two being discussed? Well excuse me. -_- Honestly, I'm not very convinced that Carpet of Flowers is the best option within the context of this deck. I think abierto is blinded by the concept of Flowers being considered competitive - not thinking that it may misfire depending on what i'm facing. In my case, the usual suspects this deck faces are Najeela, Blade-Blossom and Derevi, Empyrial Tactician stax. Both run alot of non-typed non-basic lands. Thus making the odds relatively moderate to low that an opponent will place down an island for Flowers to trigger off of. Stritctly speaking, I think this Enchantment is all about High risk - high reward.
Personally, I just don't like the idea of hoping that an opponent will ignore the very obvious ramp on my side of the board and is willing to award me an advantage on my next main phase. Sure, that would change how my opponent plays their deck, but doesn't necessarily hinder their boardstate. Besides, it doesn't even interact with my absurdly expensive manabase. What's the point of Revised Duals if you can't fetch them at every opportunity? For now, Skyshroud Claim is in as a place holder in my physical deck, but when Wizards finally reprints Three Visits - i'll run it. Having access to a Revised dual sooner is always better.
1 month ago
Hello! Here a Rafiq player playing in a casual meta. I'm just rebuilding my deck after having it stolen (at least I got to play my new Noble Hierarch beforehand).
I'm having a horrible time (again) choosing a path for this deck. My meta is slower and much more casual, so I won't be including many control elements in your list. I find myself going toward a pseudo-voltron (cuz you know, Rafiq) deck combined with enchantments. Being Brago, King Eternal and Derevi, Empyrial Tactician my go-to creatures for the elements of control I need. What is your opinion on Stonehewer Giant? Have you considered the new Staggering Insight or Trailblazer's Boots?
My current decklist is under "maintenance" with 87 cards, but I'll leave you the link for it so you can check it out and comment on it. I'll happily take your advice! https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/22-08-19-edh-bant/
2 months ago
casual_competitive yep, my shop's FNM was cEDH for 3 years straight. It was awesome, one of the most competitive metas I've ever experienced but still really fun. Eventually a chunk of the main group moved (I think they were college students) and we never had enough to fire FNM after that, so store shifted to the usual standard/modern/pioneer. We all still bring our decks and play cEDH for fun though, definitely my favorite format.