Derevi, Empyrial Tactician

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.

Derevi, Empyrial Tactician Discussion

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

1 week 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

2 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.

gavriel1136 on Commanders You Defend?

4 months ago

I will defend my Derevi, Empyrial Tactician deck to the death, because it is NOT a stax deck. People roll their eyes when they hear my commander, but my deck is artifact and equipment goodness and has never been considered oppressive or locked anyone out of the game.

Profet93 on What Conversations do you not …

5 months ago

RNR_Gaming

  1. When people resort to insulting the speaker rather than acknowledging the points being made.

  2. When people automatically assume that their definition of unfun should be the standard and dislike it when anyone disagrees with their prejudged assessment.

  3. I'm pretty much okay with anything in EDH. I'm okay playing my non-cEDH deck against cEDH. I'm okay with combos and MLD. I just want people to be respectful. Its a card game with various aspects that not all people can agree on. So rather than remaining steadfast in our preferences, we should learn to respect one another and our differences.... unless you play the busted Derevi, Empyrial Tactician in which case you're going down!

DrukenReaps on First edh deck

5 months ago

Evasive Maneuver Derevi, Empyrial Tactician

Mind Seize Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge

Adaptive Enchantment Estrid, the Masked

Subjective Reality Aminatou, the Fateshifter

Mystic Intellect Sevinne, the Chronoclasm

Faceless Menace Kadena, Slinking Sorcerer

Timeless Wisdom Gavi, Nest Warden

Symbiotic Swarm Kathril, Aspect Warper

Ruthless Regiment Jirina Kudro

Enhanced Evolution Otrimi, the Ever-Playful

Arcane Maelstrom Kalamax, the Stormsire

Aura of Courage Galea, Kindler of Hope

Dragonic Rage Vrondiss, Rage of Ancients

Dungeons of Death Sefris of the Hidden Ways

Planar Portal Prosper, Tome-Bound

Reap the Tide Aesi, Tyrant of Gyre Strait

Eleven Empire Lathril, Blade of the Elves

Lorehold Legacies Osgir, the Reconstructor

Prismari Performance Zaffai, Thunder Conductor

Quantum Quandrix Adrix and Nev, Twincasters

Silverquill Statement Breena, the Demagogue

Witherbloom Witchcraft Willowdusk, Essence Seer

This should help some folks be more inclined to help you. I for one have no idea what the name of most of the decks are, it is just the commander(s) that I care about. What I would highly recommend is if you know your general preferred play style let us know and we can start pointing you in one direction or another.

plakjekaas on new avatar (commander)

8 months ago

(I also think circumventing commander tax like this will feel too powerful, which is an issue Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow and Derevi, Empyrial Tactician have touched on, that will probably be worse for even cheaper creatures)

Skinken on

9 months ago

Birds is a surprisingly well supported tribe, and flying tribal has been getting a fair bit of support recently. So building birds in commander can be both fun and powerful because you can combine old and new cards.

A creature has to be a Legendary creature to be legal as your commander. The classic option for birds would be Kangee, Aerie Keeper . Some other options that are more "Flying tribal" than bird tribal could be Kangee, Sky Warden (a very budget-friendly option), Isperia the Inscrutable , Akim, the Soaring Wind , Derevi, Empyrial Tactician or Alela, Artful Provocateur .

Now you should decide whether you want cards that support having Birds specifically: Aven Brigadier , Celestial Gatekeeper , Crookclaw Elder , Seaside Haven , Soulcatchers' Aerie , Airborne Aid , Migratory Route , Animal Sanctuary etc. Or if you just want cheap flyers that may or may not be birds and just play flying tribal: Battle Screech , Favorable Winds , Gravitational Shift , Gust of Wind , Island Sanctuary , Kangee's Lieutenant , Lofty Denial , Pride of the Clouds , Rally of Wings , Sephara, Sky's Blade , Siani, Eye of the Storm , Skycat Sovereign , Soulcatcher , The Raven's Warning , Thunderclap Wyvern , Tide Skimmer , Warden of Evos Isle , Watcher of the Spheres , Waterkin Shaman , Windstorm Drake , Winged Words , Battle Screech .

Your list has a lot of pretty bad cards that don't support your strategy. I would cut Healing Salve , Resupply , Take Up Arms , Call to Mind , Survival Cache , Refurbish (has 4 targets in your deck and no matter what you get you pay more mana than you should), Siegecraft etc. Pure lifegain spells are bad unless you build around them, and this is supposed to be a bird/flying deck right? Cards that make tokens without flying are not great because your lords and synergy don't make them better. So even though Raise the Alarm is a solid magic card, you would prolly rather have like a Mistral Charger because you can build synergy around it.

Removal is always good. You can almost never have too much of it. However, if you are really cool, you can try to play removal and card draw that is flavorful and synergistic as well: Ravenform , Wing Shards , Aerial Assault , Swan Song , Winged Words , Gust of Wind , Lofty Denial . Also, sol ring is great but more ramp is usually a good idea in commander, and Azorius Keyrune is also a bird!

Good luck with the screechy dudes!

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