Derevi, Empyrial Tactician


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander 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.

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

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Derevi, Empyrial Tactician Discussion

IrateWarrior on House Markov

4 days ago


Thanks for the comment, Im conflicted on the creature count as i play a lot against Derevi, Empyrial Tactician & Brago, King Eternal so between being counter every turn or being locked down i felt i needed more cards aside from creatures to either get my cards faster or remove some of his troublesome ones.

Any ideas to help with this stomping will be greatly appreciated.

JoeBlondie on Sram - Senior Enchantress

2 weeks ago

Hi!I answer in order:

Return to Dust the card is strong, no doubt about it, I run it in another deck that is weaker on card advantage and desperately needs spells like this. I don't run it here for a couple of reasons. First, my take on Sram requires me to really use well my turns in a proactive way. I really want to advance my board state or my virtual position (with my hand) every turn and I usually can't afford to spend my main phase with a 4-cmc targeted removal for it's maximum value. I can't even cast it on opponents' turn when there is a must-answer-now threat since I usually tap out or almost tap out on my turn and I can only afford to leave mana open for 1-2 cmc removal such as Swords to Plowshares or Disenchant. In particular, I often play against the guy who commented above you, he runs a Derevi, Empyrial Tactician deck full of annoying threats against which I need to be faster, but he also has a stax subtheme that is completely broken with Derevi, so if he pulls out a Stasis or any winter orb effect I need to be able to answer it with 1-2 mana, otherwise I'm not seeing any mana ever again.

I like Elspeth, Knight-Errant, if I ever get one it will be tested, could take Emeria Angel's spot. Their role is to produce food for the Skullclamp or bodies that can carry a sword. Elspeth can bring more versatility though.

Thought Vessel this is a tricky one, I don't run it for a particular choice, as I don't run Reliquary Tower. In my opinion, if you ever are in a position where your hand size exceeds 7 (often happens) it means that you are in a good shape. In that situation I just keep in hand the best spells and discard the others. Actually, if I have cards like Ironclad Slayer in hand, I can discard auras and equips, because he can grab them back when I need them. In this way, even if I have a limited hand, I virtually have access to the graveyard as a second hand. Having an unlimited hand would make those effects less useful.But of course, it's just a choice, I could run it, but for now I never felt the need to keep everything in hand.

Mox Opal budget reason

Recruiter of the Guard card is strong, it's also growing in price. I could run it but I don't have any creature that I absolutely need to find and that he could target. Most of them are tutors or recursion spells on a body, so it would be a bit slow to tutor for a stoneforge mystic and than use her to tutor something else and finally cast the thing that I wanted. Most of these effects I have on creatures have enough redundancy that I don't need him too badly, I think.

JoeBlondie on Sram - Senior Enchantress

3 weeks ago

Maybe I was too cautious with the Demystify over Disenchant thing. Yesterday I was up against a Derevi, Empyrial Tactician that had managed to put an early Edric, Spymaster of Trest on the field. I absolutely hate that little dude and it's always my priority number 1 when I see him. I was able to race his broken card draw for a while but I wasn't able to escape Conjurer's Closet + Static Orb backed up by counterspells when they came down. I had Demystify in my hand from the very beginning but Stasis never came down and all the problematic permanents were artifacts. I could easily have won that game by darksteel mutating edric early but the closet prevented me from doing that.

So, Disenchant back in, Demystify out.

Then, Expedition Map in, Balan, Wandering Knight out

And finally, Empyrial Plate in, Masterwork of Ingenuity out. I want to try the plate and, while the masterwork is not bad, recently I have greatly reduced the number of equipments in the deck, increasing the chance of occasional hands with only the masterwork. Also, some equipments are legendary.

Gleeock on Pay No Attention To the Man Behind the Curtain

3 weeks ago

I may put that card back in. Also have been contemplating adding Derevi, Empyrial Tactician, has high potential with some of the token poop abilities.

x12721 on Can Derevi, Empyrial Tactician's activated ...

1 month ago

If I have Derevi, Empyrial Tactician in the command zone, and I activate her ability from there, can that ability be targeted by Disallow or Stifle? Also, can she be targeted by cards that say something like "Name target creature" from the command zone? Thank you!

cdkime on Commander of Angels

1 month ago
  • Derevi, Empyrial Tactician is a nifty commander that allows you to bypass the command tax. Since you have a large number of evasive flying creatures, you can probably make good use of her ability.

  • Jenara, Asura of War is the only legendary Bant Angel, but I find her ability a tad dull.

  • Rubinia Soulsinger looks like a pretty fun commander to run. Having a sacrifice outlet with her would be a must, so when you want to untap her and trade up to a bigger target, you can eliminate the old.

  • Treva, the Renewer looks like an angelic dragon, so it has that going for it. I am not overly enchanted by its ability, but it is not terrible. The converted mana cost is a bit oppressively high though.

StuffyDollUser on Zur's Squirrel Cloud

2 months ago

Skinken I will have to play around with Derevi, Empyrial Tactician thanks.

Skinken on Zur's Squirrel Cloud

2 months ago

How about adding Derevi, Empyrial Tactician? He provides good ramp and value, when you partly have the "unblockable" theme with the commanders. He also kinda substitutes the Cryptolith Rite.

Deck is neat. +1 from me :)

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