Derevi, Empyrial Tactician

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.

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Set Rarity
Commander Anthology (CM1) Mythic Rare
Commander 2013 (C13) Mythic Rare

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Format Legality
Magic Duels Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Highlander Legal

Derevi, Empyrial Tactician occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Derevi, Empyrial Tactician Discussion

enpc on Tell me, does this line ...

11 hours ago

I mean, if you're concerned about the fragility of using Najeela to combo off, you could always go:

The line does require a non-legendary, however you can shortcut it if you have resto in hand already (since you don't need to get Vannifar).

It's worth mentioning htat this line does need you run Jegantha as one of the 99, rather than as a companion. However thanks to the comapion rules change, I don't think this is an issue as otherwise you would be paying 8 mana for him anyway (across the 3 to hand and then casting cost).

SynergyBuild on Tell me, does this line ...

19 hours ago

I've been working heavily on a Sisay, Weatherlight Captain + Jegantha, the Wellspring combos.

The most popular is as follows: Activate Sisay getting Derevi, Empyrial Tactician, then untapping Jegantha, activating Sisay getting Samut, Voice of Dissent, then using her to untap Jegantha, getting Najeela, the Blade-Blossom. Najeela can attack with Derevi, and if any of them or the warrior token Najeela connects, Derevi untaps Jegantha, giving you an extra combat, this goes infinite really quickly.

It does require an extra white mana, to be pre-combat, and none of the combo pieces can be blocked or killed in combat, but if it works, it's super powerful.

I've been designing tons of other variations, and shortened one line down about as far as I currently can. The line is 6 cards, and fully mana inclusive. It's not as efficient, and I am not fully sure it works how I want, so I want all of your input.

The start is similar. We use a few cards to untap Jegantha, and then combo off. The first card we get, since Sisay with Jegantha is at 4 power, and can only fetch 3 or less is Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner, which gives 1 power to Sisay, and untaps Jegantha, which lets us get Aminatou, the Fateshifter, this gives Sisay 2 power, flickers Kiora, untapping Jegantha, activating Sisay, getting either Sarkhan Vol, or Gideon, Martial Paragon, for this demonstration, I will use Gideon, since it is easier, and works the same overall.

Using Gideon, untap Jegantha and give Sisay one more power. Activating her using Jegantha will let you get Chromatic Orrery (why we needed the +1 power), tapping it lets you activate Sisay, getting Oath of Teferi, which can flicker any land, and gives us another activation on all of our walkers.

This is the premise of our combo, play walkers that untap Jegantha, and Oath of Teferi to get multiple pieces. Reusing those walkers for the win is the most compact way.

We now use Gideon to untap Jegantha, get The Chain Veil (Our 6th card), then activate Kiora to untap Orrery, activating The Chain Veil, giving us 3 activations on all our walkers (Floating 1 Mana). We activate Kiora again to untap Orrery, floating 6 mana. Activate Aminatou (down to 1) to flicker Kiora, with 3 activations left. Untap Chromatic Orrery once (10 mana) and untap + activate The Chain Veil 2 times, giving us 5 activations on each walker. Spend these on Kiora to untap both the Veil and the Orrery and activate them both (3 mana left). now spend the last activation untapping Orrery (8 mana) with 6 activations, only two on Aminatou used, you can plus and minus Aminatou to flicker Kiora, and use 6 untaps to get 3 more Orrery and Veil untaps.

This loop gets you infinite planeswalker triggers, untaps, and flickers, as well as floating 3 mana per loop. Using your infinite triggers to flicker Sisay over and over, triggering Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner's draw trigger will let you draw your deck, and with all of that, and the fact you can Gideon, Martial Paragon Ultimate and plus infinitely should win you the game. You can play the rest of your deck, and win in any number of ways.

Does this work how I think it does?

All of the in-deck pieces: Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner, Aminatou, the Fateshifter, Gideon, Martial Paragon, Chromatic Orrery, Oath of Teferi, and The Chain Veil

Mortlocke on The Queen's Egg

3 days ago

TonyStark9001, I can't mention alternative options between the two being discussed? Well excuse me. -_- Honestly, I'm not very convinced that Carpet of Flowers is the best option within the context of this deck. I think abierto is blinded by the concept of Flowers being considered competitive - not thinking that it may misfire depending on what i'm facing. In my case, the usual suspects this deck faces are Najeela, Blade-Blossom and Derevi, Empyrial Tactician stax. Both run alot of non-typed non-basic lands. Thus making the odds relatively moderate to low that an opponent will place down an island for Flowers to trigger off of. Stritctly speaking, I think this Enchantment is all about High risk - high reward.

Personally, I just don't like the idea of hoping that an opponent will ignore the very obvious ramp on my side of the board and is willing to award me an advantage on my next main phase. Sure, that would change how my opponent plays their deck, but doesn't necessarily hinder their boardstate. Besides, it doesn't even interact with my absurdly expensive manabase. What's the point of Revised Duals if you can't fetch them at every opportunity? For now, Skyshroud Claim is in as a place holder in my physical deck, but when Wizards finally reprints Three Visits - i'll run it. Having access to a Revised dual sooner is always better.

p.s. - I will revisit Flowers the moment Urza, Lord High Artificer rears his ugly head in my meta.

CWSchub on Rafiq midrange stax cEDH

3 days ago

Hello! Here a Rafiq player playing in a casual meta. I'm just rebuilding my deck after having it stolen (at least I got to play my new Noble Hierarch beforehand).

I'm having a horrible time (again) choosing a path for this deck. My meta is slower and much more casual, so I won't be including many control elements in your list. I find myself going toward a pseudo-voltron (cuz you know, Rafiq) deck combined with enchantments. Being Brago, King Eternal and Derevi, Empyrial Tactician my go-to creatures for the elements of control I need. What is your opinion on Stonehewer Giant? Have you considered the new Staggering Insight or Trailblazer's Boots?

My current decklist is under "maintenance" with 87 cards, but I'll leave you the link for it so you can check it out and comment on it. I'll happily take your advice!

CrimsonWizard on Necropotence.dec [cEDH]

3 weeks ago

casual_competitive yep, my shop's FNM was cEDH for 3 years straight. It was awesome, one of the most competitive metas I've ever experienced but still really fun. Eventually a chunk of the main group moved (I think they were college students) and we never had enough to fire FNM after that, so store shifted to the usual standard/modern/pioneer. We all still bring our decks and play cEDH for fun though, definitely my favorite format.

Our meta right now is my Zur the Enchanter, The Gitrog Monster, Arcum Dagsson, Kess, Dissident Mage, Thrasios, Triton Hero + Tymna the Weaver, Derevi, Empyrial Tactician : )

Davinoth on Sisay and Jegantha's Wild Party [SuperFriends EDH]

4 weeks ago

      king-saproling: Very cool suggestions, and I think a combo I'm going to include in the future. I was considering Intruder Alarm, Derevi, Empyrial Tactician & Generator Servant already, but in combo with Omnath, Horde and a sac outlet is really nifty! Chakram Retriever is something I wouldn't have thought of and that's a great add, even without tutoring him. Again, great suggestions, thank you! =)

king-saproling on Sisay and Jegantha's Wild Party [SuperFriends EDH]

4 weeks ago

Cool deck! You might like these: Chakram Retriever, Intruder Alarm, Momir Vig, Simic Visionary, Horde of Notions, Omnath, Locus of the Roil, Varolz, the Scar-Striped, Derevi, Empyrial Tactician, Illusionist's Bracers, Nazahn, Revered Bladesmith, Cerulean Wisps, Instill Energy, Nature's Chosen, Generator Servant, Fist of Suns, Jodah, Archmage Eternal, Jeskai Ascendancy.

Sisay finds Momir Vig, Vig finds Chakram Retriever (assuming you have a green card in hand to trigger Momir. 1/4 of your list is green so this should be no problem). You can then use Sisay to find Horde of Notions, Omnath LOTR, and Varolz. Sack Omnath to Varolz, use Jegantha to pay for Horde's ability to recast Omnath from grave, triggering Retriever to untap Jegantha. Repeat for infinite damage via Omnath's entry trigger. The other cards mentioned are just speed boosters

griffstick on commanders for a token deck

2 months ago

I think Derevi, Empyrial Tactician is gonna be the best choice for you. Also the deck will probably be mostly green then white. Maybe %10 of the deck will be blue. And mostly just to grant evasion, and a few counterspells. Otherwise the deck will fail to make tokens.

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