Derevi, Empyrial Tactician
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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

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.

SithLord on Birb Storm

1 month 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 …

2 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

3 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

dqcoulter on Jenara Infinite Combos (Looking to upgrade to EDH)

4 months ago

I could probably make her into a Derevi, Empyrial Tactician deck since I have his precon already

Guerric on Jenara Infinite Combos (Looking to upgrade to EDH)

4 months ago

Happy to do it! Bant is also just a one of the best three-color combos in commander with so many good options. Tuvasa the Sunlit is a very specific enchantress/combo deck, but Chulane, Teller of Tales has so much value that he's hard to build wrong. There's also the popular Arcades, the Strategist, which is one of the more inexpensive and yet powerful decks to build, and also Derevi, Empyrial Tactician that I mentioned before, who is great with tapping and untapping stuff for value. All of these commanders are really great when built right!

Guerric on Jenara Infinite Combos (Looking to upgrade to EDH)

4 months ago

Hi dqcoulter Are you looking to keep Jenara or maybe switch to another bant commander? Most of the things it seems you want to do don't synergize too well with Jenara. There is quite a bit of overlap with a lot of stuff I play in my Tuvasa the Sunlit deck (I have all the good ramp-chantments in it if you want more of those. Also, while I don't play this combo, you can use Squirrel Nest in a combo with Earthcraft in it to make infinite squirrels. It's definitely a pillow-forty control-combo deck. Derevi, Empyrial Tactician also plays well with this approach. A lot of people play Derevi stax, which people hate, but you can just avoid that and tell people that you just use him as a value piece when you sit down to play.

DawnsRayofLight on And The Dead Keep It, The Way Is Shut

5 months ago

I might consider going flat out zombies for this list. mono White, mono blue Urza, green white, or bant tend to do tax lists a bit better. I get the reasoning with rooftop storm, but it isn't enough.

If you want to do zombies, U/B is great because you have 3 solid generals to choose from between Grimgrin, Corpse-Born, Gisa and Geralf, and Wilhelt, the Rotcleaver

If you want to focus on Stax, maybe look into Urza, Lord High Artificer, Derevi, Empyrial Tactician, Hokori, Dust Drinker, Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker, Yasharn, Implacable Earth, Sigarda, Host of Herons, etc. All make great Stax commanders and have easier colors to work around the orb and tax effects (Opposition, Glare of Subdual, Seedborn Muse, Urza, Lord High Artificer, etc). Black can allow for reanimation for smokestack and the like white also has the potential along with plenty of ways to generate tokens.

You can do whatever you feel like, it is certainly your list, I just wanted to maybe offer the advice that this list is trying to do too much which keeps it from doing either of its game plans effectively. I speak from experience trying to make a Naya list that could be stompy and run tokens which didn't work well.

Gidgetimer on Metamorphosis' Funny Money

7 months ago

It can be used to cast creature spells. If you are casting a creature spell it can be used to pay for the associated cost. It can cast a morph face down (even Zoetic Cavern), it can not be used to flip a morph face up (flipping isn't casting). It can be used for Emerge or Mutate, it can not be used to activate Aether Vial or activate Derevi, Empyrial Tactician.

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