I would go as far to say to remember that a drum kit is an instrument and should mostly (but not always) treated as such, rather than a collection of individual elements!
Keeping the drums up front by manipulating/compressing the reverb is a fun way to make your production sound nice and weird.
If on the other hand, you want to fool someone into thinking that you have a real drummer in a real space, then you have to keep in mind that all real world reverb comes back to your ears in a filtered version of what initially comes to your ears as the direct sound. After limiting the kit to be as fat as I want it, I find that it’s most convincing to me when I send that result to my favorite room reverb. Then there’s a more cause/effect relationship between the two.
BTW, if the goal is to make the drums seem closer to you, are you aware that the pre-delay/initial return adjustments on the reverb are designed for that? The rationale is that if you’re standing next to the drums, you’ll hear the direct sound first, then the reverb will come back a millisecond later for each foot the sound travels to the wall and back to your ears.
That’s a more realistic way to separate the drums from the reverb, without messing up the reverb’s decay algorithm through the compressor.
Besides, if you try your method, you’ll see that the drums just plain sound dry, especially on that highest dynamic points, where you probably don’t want them to sound dry. (I’ve tried it that way) So why bother to use reverb on the drums at all?
Then, after the compressor opens up, you just have that detached unrelated reverb bouncing around in your mix, muddying up everything.
So anyway, that’s been my experience, so now I’ll just negate all that by admitting that my favorite drum sound in the world is limiting them through an 1176 limiter, to the point that the actual drum room’s ambiance starts to stretch.
It’s hard for me to explain why this sounds good to me after laying out my arguments above.
My opinion is that this kind of compression mimics the way our ears limit/distort when we’re in a room with drums, cuing us that the drums are just too damn loud!