Derevi, Empyrial Tactician

Legality

Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Pauper 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

Flying

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

Profet93 on Instant/Sorcery-based Deck

1 week ago

cwalters14

Competitive or casual? Budget?

I haven't had any experience with the izzet commander's. Derevi, Empyrial Tactician is just downright amazing even if it makes you a target. This can be avoided if you make it more casual.

I personally play and LOVE talrand. The revolves around a lot of counterspells and draw. If you want to make it casual, just add a lot of bounce and less counterspells. Moreover, Talrand will still be a target because 1. For some reason, people hate the mono blue player and 2. You have counterspells.

If you want a competitive list, you can check out my deck Tisk Tisk Talrand for some ideas. He can also be made extremely cheaply for casual play as well.

If you want other ideas for the other commanders, I recommend going on edhrec.com and search the other commanders to see what cards are typically played to give you an idea if it fits the playstyle you are looking for.

cwalters14 on Instant/Sorcery-based Deck

1 week ago

Hi guys, I'm getting back into MTG after a good amount of time off and I am looking for help and ideas for building a Instant/sorcery-based EDH deck. Mainly at this stage, I am looking for a commander to lead this force and have gathered a couple of potential options; Melek, Izzet Paragon Mizzix of the Izmagnus Talrand, Sky Summoner riku of the two reflections card and I have also heard that Derevi, Empyrial Tactician can make good use of the theme. So basically I am looking for help selecting a commander, the benefits and downsides. Also if there are decks already constructed with a similar theme, a link to those would be incredibly helpful. Also just any general input you feel you could add, whether its a specific card, combo, or whatever, would be tremendously appreciated.

Thanks Guys and Gals,Cwalt

Paladin_11111 on Can You Pay For That?

1 week ago

I thought Derevi, Empyrial Tactician was banned.

NV_1980 on Honey Roon Suite

3 weeks ago

Hi,

How about adding Brago, King Eternal as well? He could be a nice back-up for Roon's blinking abilities. Conjurer's Closet and Angel of Condemnation could work very well in here too. As for some cool additional blinking targets, how about Derevi, Empyrial Tactician, Angel of Finality, Resolute Archangel, Peregrine Drake and Fierce Empath?

Hope any of this helps. If it did and you'd like me to check out other decks, send me a message! Also, I always appreciate feedback on one of my own decks, so don't be shy and check one out!

Happy gaming!

Flyheight on Ramos And His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

1 month ago

No Fetches in the mana base?

So you said you're looking for cuts, here are some cards I particularly LIKE from your list (in no particular order):

Creatures (16):

Atraxa, Praetors' Voice, Coiling Oracle, Corpsejack Menace, Deathrite Shaman, Intet, the Dreamer, Maelstrom Archangel, Maelstrom Wanderer, Mercurial Chemister, Prime Speaker Zegana, Rashmi, Eternities Crafter, Thrasios, Triton Hero, Vorel of the Hull Clade, Weaver of Currents, Winding Constrictor, Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder, Yore-Tiller Nephilim

Non-Creatures (28):

Maelstrom Nexus, Mirari's Wake, Pernicious Deed, Flesh / Blood, Hull Breach, Merciless Eviction, Slave of Bolas, Unexpected Results, Villainous Wealth, Abzan Charm, Jund Charm, Naya Charm, Sphinx's Revelation, Trap Essence, Chromatic Lantern, Door to Nothingness,Dragon Arch, Legacy Weapon, Lightning Greaves, Planar Bridge, Prismatic Geoscope, Sensei's Divining Top, Sol Ring, Thran Dynamo, Vedalken Orrery, Ajani, Mentor of Heroes, Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker, Sarkhan Unbroken

Other cards I really like that you might want to consider (20):

Chromanticore, Trace of Abundance, Kiora's Follower, Wargate, Derevi, Empyrial Tactician, Knotvine Mystic, Gilder Bairn, Kiora, Master of the Depths, Captain Sisay, Ral Zarek, Karametra, God of Harvests, Ghave, Guru of Spores, Crystallization, Cavern Harpy, Fleetfoot Panther, Ivorytusk Fortress, Reyhan, Last of the Abzan, Duneblast, Congregation at Dawn, Bring to Light

If you relax your gold and artifact only restriction you can get a couple more fun toys (4):

Hardened Scales, Doubling Season, Primal Vigor, Kalonian Hydra

Cards I see on your list that I have seen others suggest, that I think are ok, but not necessarily as awesome as above:

Creatures (3):

Jhoira of the Ghitu, Selvala, Explorer Returned, Teneb, the Harvester

NonCreatures (5):

Bounty of the Luxa, Fires of Yavimaya, Guided Passage, Mortify, Nissa, Steward of Elements

Other cards I've seen others use, but I'm not quite as hot on (8):

Safewright Quest, Bituminous Blast, Ashen Rider, Zhur-Taa Druid, Putrefy, Supply/Demand, Tamiyo, Field Researcher, Evil Twin

LynnChalice on Captain Sisay

1 month ago

Hey! I actually don't use tappedout too much at all... I accidentally misclicked the deckcycling thing which might've caused the deck to appear :\

Personally, I actually did manage to make the entire Hokori, Dust Drinker/Armageddon deck with faster acceleration. I cut all the random fatties and went for the linvala/elesh +living plane plan! I played that deck for a good 20~months (all the way up till December 2016), and moved onto Derevi, Empyrial Tactician... (mostly because I already had a lot of expensive bombs in selesnya colours and I felt Derevi was going to be pretty awesome in my playgroup!) By the time paradox engine was spoiled, I had already bought Tropical Island and Tundra and was past the point of no return. I think Sisay is a better deck against slower, more casual metas (stax + fatties, not the storm version). She's fun to play, and somewhat open ended because there are a multitude of different lines of play, so I've really enjoyed her. My meta is comprised of an array of decks, most of which are fast combo (flash hulk/gitrog), mixed in with a couple of control decks in the mix because we play team oriented games as opposed to free for all games where the game ends much faster. I am the only stax/resource denial player in my meta.

I think overall, my thoughts on Sisay are that her locks are abit softer then Derevi even though she has alot more steam when she is left unanswered. She's great when she can untap even once because of the threat of Hokori decks, but cards that I've personally found very difficult to power through were Humility, The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale, Bribery (Elesh Norn/Linvala) or an opponents Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite/Linvala, Keeper of Silence. Although these problems are hardly solved in Derevi, I can play Sisay if i walked into a random store in a random city, but Derevi has a 50/50 chance of being a terrible deck/fantastic bullet depending on who sits across the table from me. Her ability to handle midrange-ey decks while being a stax commander is quite unique outside of her and Selvala, both break parity a little bit differently I guess, depends on which you prefer.

Wew. With all that said, I have tried a couple games with the new storm Sisay deck by shamelessly net-decking the list off from the EDH discord/labmaniac lists. Unfortunately I did not have a great experience with Fire Covenant or Toxic Deluge type effects. Also because of the number of counterspells in my playgroups, sometimes Sisay getting countered twice means I really have to suck it up and play really slow games without doing much at all, especially in cases where she gets cast using fast mana and I have no other way to get cards quickly without getting lucky and drawing a great tutor. I've always enjoyed your lists, back then I believe you used to play Insist and Savage Summoning, and I was a big fan (sorry if this wasn't you, but I think it was? There weren't many Sisay decks on tapped out prior to the printing of Paradox Engine). How has Paradox been for you? Is this version of Sisay better in a pure T1 meta? I was really revisiting these lists to see if she was worth a revisit!

Hopefully the wall of text isn't too much for you, I've never really had a conversation with someone about the older Sisay decks because everyone is so obsessed with the fast combo version of Sisay now. I guess doing the Sisay combo IRL is also very cumbersome; playing side events at a GP while having to demonstrate the Cloudstone Curio+Reki, History of Kamigawa+random cheap legendary is a straight nightmare because they have to cut your deck for you to draw, then continue searching with sisay when you begin the paradox combo etc. Its a major reason why I have not returned to Sisay for extensive testing. Hopefully you have some insight for me!

Neotrup on Nekusar's abilities

1 month ago

Abilities only function from the battlefield unless they state otherwise. Some abilities explicitly state that they work from the command zone (like Oloro, Ageless Ascetic who has a triggered ability that triggers from the command zone), while others implicitly state it (Like Derevi, Empyrial Tactician who's ability doesn't make any sense if it get's activated from a the battlefield). The list of commander's abilities that function from the command zone is short enough I'll go ahead and list them here:

Oloro, Ageless Ascetic
Derevi, Empyrial Tactician
Arahbo, Roar of the World
Edgar Markov
The Ur-Dragon
Inalla, Archmage Ritualist

This list is currently exhaustive, though more cards could be printed. Interestingly 4 of the 6 abilities are triggered, then 1 is activated and 1 is static.

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