Depala Commander Spotlight!


Today we’re going to do a commander spotlight on Depala, Pilot Exemplar! We’re going deep on dwarf and vehicle tribal! Although we don’t attack frequently with our dwarves, Depala allows them to crew a lot more creatures than they usually wood. Even when she crews something, you get to refill your hand!

Meet the Crew

Gearshift Ace and Speedway Fanatic are both great pilots because they boost the vehicles that they crew. Gearshift Ace is just great because first strike is just really important in decks that want to beat down.

Duergar Mine Captain is just great in this deck. It can untap for two mana to crew another vehicle, or can just boost the attacking team as a bonus. Duergar Hedge-Mage is just straight value when it enters the battlefield.

Veteran Motorist comes down and helps us set up our deck for a Depala tap, and then boosts anything it crews. Dwarven Bloodboiler can let you use excess dwarves to boost your big vehicles.

These two dwarves help slow down our opponent’s defense by blowing up their lands, but hey can help crew vehicles when they run out of non-basics.

Bomb Squad and Mine Layer also help blow up people’s lands, with some added bonuses, and they can also blow up basic lands.


Dwarven Driller just attacks opponents on a different axis. A lot of times, sometimes they won’t be able to afford to lose two life against this aggressive of a deck.

Iroas, God of Victory just makes attacking so profitably by halving the number of blocks they can make, and preventing damage to them while they attack. Jor Kadeen boosts all the vehicle attackers by three power apiece.

Meet the Wheels

Smuggler’s Copter is a good way to filter through cards and attack in the air as well as on the ground. Renegade Freighter isn’t amazing, but it’s powerful.

Cultivator’s Caravan is a mana rock that can attack later. Bomat Bazaar Barge comes in and draw you a card, and can also attack pretty hard.

Aradara Express often forces two creatures to block it, because of its size. Again, it’s not amazing, but it’s powerful. Ballista Charger can attack hard and also shoot down a lot utility creatures or tokens.


Skysovereign, Consul Flagship attacks very powerfully in the air, and starts shooting down a wide range of creatures.

I don’t know if there are quite enough dwarves and vehicles to make this deck yet, but Aether Revolt should finish this deck.

What do you think? Comment below!


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