Derevi, Empyrial Tactician

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

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.

: Put Derevi onto the battlefield from the command zone.

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dragonstryke58 on In EDH, do I need …

1 month ago

As Delphen7 stated, you will have to pay the commander tax to cast Sephara, Sky's Blade. Commander tax is applied every time you cast your commander from the command zone.

903.8. A player may cast a commander they own from the command zone. A commander cast from the command zone costs an additional {2} for each previous time the player casting it has cast it from the command zone that game. This additional cost is informally known as the “commander tax.”

The difference between Sephara, Sky's Blade and Derevi, Empyrial Tactician is that Sephara, Sky's Blade has an alternate casting cost to play her as a spell. Even if you use the alternate casting cost, you are still casting her from the command zone, so commander tax is applied.

On the other hand, Derevi, Empyrial Tactician has an activated ability that puts Derevi directly onto the battlefield. Since it was not cast from the command zone, there is no commander tax applied.

cPute on Wait for it ... Legendary Cascade!

2 months ago

I know about Derevi, Empyrial Tactician (I play cEDH Najeela deck based on Pongo's Najeela tempo), but this deck was supposed to be "casual". Yesterday's victory with Bloom Tender, Najeela, the Blade-Blossom, and Samut, Voice of Dissent was a coincidence. :-)

I am not sure if this deck would benefit from Derevi, Empyrial Tactician (other than the above mentioned combo).

thefiresoflurve on Wait for it ... Legendary Cascade!

2 months ago

Derevi, Empyrial Tactician can also combo with Bloom Tender, if you're interested in more infinite.

Kiyomei on 京 An illusion? What are you hiding? (cEDH-$T4KS) 京

3 months ago

Yo yo @ProminenceToBlack

The strategy you are referring to: flickering Derevi, Empyrial Tactician with Emiel the Blessed to untap Circle of Dreams Druid or Gaea's Cradle and generate infinite mana for Finale of Devastation...

It Is a very valid wincon that you can push fairly early or later on in the game as it's fairly easy to set up and can go off under most of our Stax or when a lot of resources from the table have already been expended to deal with you...

Now Devoted Druid and Swift Reconfiguration may seem interesting due to it being unaffected by summoning sickness. It does however not interact well with all our artifact hate like Collector Ouphe... While sure it works the same paired with a Finale of Devastation, I feel like it clutters the deck more with cards that aren't great on their own... Same could be said of Emiel though... Although the Unicorn can protect our stuff from time to time... But I'm pretty sure it could work given the fact we can tutor for both pieces fairly fast and easily.

Hokori, winter orb, static orb or stasis locks are The way ^^... <3

Kiyomei on 京 An illusion? What are you hiding? (cEDH-$T4KS) 京

3 months ago

@DawnsRayofLight

Thank you! (I got a sideboard as well if you're interested = 京 An illusion? (SideBoard) 京 = bit outdated but still handy...)

I know I haven't been most active on here anymore and haven't updated it at all indeed. Been playing her a lot though but have had a small dip in activity due to shops closing, and going broke but never stopped playing her since she came out... + just been playing her online... Won over hundreds of Commander events/leagues with her easily...

I'd like to keep the list as Cutthroat and Competitive as possible and not toy around with strategies that don't really compare like random blink, wizard-shell, etc...

Flashy wins are redundant for Derevi, and if you are consistently leaving gaps and misplaying you'll get blown out pretty fast. this primer still holds up to this day with minor tweaks that could increase its power a bit...

If the power of your meta is lacking though and not everyone is playing cEDH lists and BIS/META decks you'll need to adjust some cards and add more specific hate... No Tournament or League is the same if you have even the slightest info on what is going to show up or what is currently relevant. Going in blind this list still holds up perfectly fine though.


Cards that have been released and have been in and out of the list or are still in if you're interested:


The strategy you might be interested in is flickering Derevi, Empyrial Tactician with Emiel the Blessed to untap Circle of Dreams Druid or Gaea's Cradle and generate infinite mana for Finale of Devastation.

SithLord on Birb Storm

6 months ago

There are very few birds to be found here. Odd, because this is a tribal bird theme deck. You aren't even running Maskwood Nexus or Arcane Adaptation

So here are some birds I found that would be fun to play:

Derevi, Empyrial Tactician

Augury Owl

Arctic Aven

Falcon Abomination

Aetherstorm Roc

Apex Hawks

Aven Brigadier !!!!!

Aven Gagglemaster

Aven Mindcensor

Aven Squire

Aven Wind Guide

Bay Falcon

Celestial Gatekeeper !

Airborne Aid !

Battle Screech !

Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle !

Steel-Plume Marshal !

Emeria Angel

Judge's Familiar

Skycat Sovereign

Cloudchaser Kestrel

Healer's Hawk

Esior, Wardwing Familiar

Skyway Robber

River Hoopoe

Donal, Herald of Wings

Whippoorwill an exile for so little the cost

Storm Crow why isn't this here?

Spire Owl cheap, but nice

Jubilant Skybonder

Sephara, Sky's Blade this hits the field by turn 4 for 1 white mana!

Ledger Shredder badass name and badass ability

Cartographer's Hawk a fun card that empties your deck of plains

Watcher of the Spheres dude

Flurry of Wings and Settle the Wreckage There is so much fun to be had

Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker_ look at this scawwwwww _ Warden of Evos Isle not needed, but nice for making 5 mana birds cost less

Empyrean Eagle lord

Kangee, Sky Warden all it takes is one 1/1 bird token to scwwwaaa

Kangee, Aerie Keeper you can't run one bird and not have any feathers ay?

Shabraz, the Skyshark its a sharknado

Wingmate Roc the best wingman

High Sentinels of Arashin use your mana ramp to buff your army

Nimble Obstructionist _a tale's end _

Cloudfin Raptor

Emeria Angel dude

Soulcatchers' Aerie

jaymc1130 on Which non-partner commanders would you …

7 months ago

There are a number of commander pairings that I'd love to see be possible for a number of reasons.

First on the list is Birgi, God of Storytelling  Flip and The Reality Chip. Doesn't strike me as overly powerful, but it could be fun to run 2/3 of a Sensei's Top combo in the command zone. My gut tells me it wouldn't be quite as capable as the archetype already is with Elsha, but it would be a nifty pairing none the less.

Second on my list would be Gavi, Nest Warden and Rielle, the Everwise. Another nifty pairing where they play off each other's strengths. The Gavi+Library of Leng+Decree of Silence soft lock gets even better when it also draws a card each time you slap down an opponent's spell on their turn, exactly what a control deck like this needs to be effective. Doesn't change the deck any, just puts Rielle into the command zone for convenient access.

Sisay, Weatherlight Captain and Yoshimaru, Ever Faithful would be just too cute a pairing. The theme would be strong with this one.

Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca could be fun with Sygg, River Guide, Jori En, Ruin Diver or Dalakos, Crafter of Wonders to cram even more cool merfolk into merfolk tribal.

Tergrid, God of Fright  Flip and Tinybones, Trinket Thief seem like a match made in heaven. Ditto for Emry, Lurker of the Loch and Urza, Lord High Artificer.

Mina and Denn, Wildborn and Aesi, Tyrant of Gyre Strait would be THE definitive "lands matter" commanders, right up my alley.

All of these seem like fun, none of these mashups present a true problem for the format in terms of play pattern powerlevels, but not all my wish list pairings are things that would play nice with the rest of the format.

Najeela, the Blade-Blossom and Plargg, Dean of Chaos  Flip/Derevi, Empyrial Tactician, for example, would break the entire format.

Zuul on Esper Ninjas

8 months ago

cutting green from this list cuts you off of Colossal Dreadmaw which is honestly a pretty big loss. I would cut the black for green, add a bunch of stax pieces, and run Derevi, Empyrial Tactician as commander to break parity, it is a relatively unknown and synergistic commander with the play style you seem to be going for.

All the ninjas don't really advance the stax gameplan either, so I would cut them all and replace them with 6 mana 6/6 tramplers. Here's a deck with the kind of creatures you should be looking at

Deck looks cool otherwise I look forward to seeing you update over time

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