Derevi, Empyrial Tactician
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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy 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
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard 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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Cipher_8 on Saturday Night Fish Fry

1 month ago

It's Friday Nights around here (Wisconsin) but love the theme of this deck.

I always wanted to build around Derevi, Empyrial Tactician because I thought it pairs well with Hylda of the Icy Crownaltered but I've only ever done one deck with her — Frozen

I got a merfolk deck I'm working on too — Submerged, though it's more based on Islandwalk + Merfolk tribal than just Merfolk.

treeforcorvus on Make this better

10 months ago

Cataclysm can work against you based on opponents' picks and though Enter the Infinite is impressive & works with Omniscience, I don't see Thassa's Oracle or Laboratory Maniac, nor do I see Grapeshot. Consider instead Boros Charm + Armageddon which most people will hate & sometimes outright scoop after.

Mana Vault is more of a risk than you might think without untap mechanics (See Derevi, last paragraph). Consider Thought Vessel or even Library of Leng.

Replace Lion's Eye Diamond with Land Tax. The latter also helps offset the pain from Need for Speed, which is a cool find.

Consider Smothering Tithe instead of Mystic Remora: Remora usually only nets a few cards at beginning, and will often slow you down more than it helps. The former performs MUCH more consistently, and will net you more mana to focus on spells and counters.

Concerning your SB: If you want to go maximum lock-stax, I'd recommend Derevi, Empyrial Tactician. Use Winter Orb, Static Orb & Stasis, use Kismet and Loxodon Gatekeeper, maybe even Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines. Use fetches + basic lands, huge ramp, and Back to Basics just to spite opponents. NB: Mana Vault smacks with Derevi.

Licecolony on Najeela, the Blade-Blossom

1 year ago

Nature's Lore, Three Visits, Masked Vandal, Heroic Intervention, Boros Charm, Species Specialist, Kargan Intimidator, Dusk / Dawn, Dowsing Dagger  Flip, Kindred Discovery, Kindred Dominance, Kindred Summons, Bojuka Bog, Scavenger Grounds are all worth consideration

I'd take out: Sol Ring Most of your mana costs are colored. Explore replace with better ramp as suggested above. Derevi, Empyrial Tactician not sure what this does here. Thassa's Oracle you're not looking to mill yourself out. Brainstorm only good if you can shuffle your library regularly such as with fetch lands. Demonic Consultation you're not looking for specific combo pieces Spell Pierce. You want to be spending your mana early, not keeping this up. Same with Mana Drain. Rally the Ranks. If you're gonna do this kind of effect, use something nicer like Realmwalker Coastal Piracy. Doesn't seem as good here as Kindred Discovery

Also think you can cut a couple lands given that your mana curve stops at 6. Or replace them with lands like Glasspool Mimic  Flip and Bala Ged Recovery  Flip

dragonstryke58 on In EDH, do I need …

1 year 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!

1 year 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!

1 year 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

1 year 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

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