Core Set 2021 is sweet! I was lucky enough to participate in the Arena Early Access event sponsored by Wizards of the Coast (WotC) on Wednesday and played a lot of cool new cards, including Radha, Heart of Keld, which I wrote about last week. This week I'd like to shift gears from the aggressive, beatdown-oriented Gruul deck with Radha to a slower, more controlling Azorius deck with Niambi, Esteemed Speaker at the helm.
We saw the first version of Teferi's daughter Niambi as Niambi, Faithful Healer, a legendary creature whose only ability was fetching up the Planeswalker Deck version of Teferi—Teferi, Timebender. While Niambi, Faithful Healer didn't really generate much interest as a commander, I think the new version is awesome!
Niambi, Esteemed Speaker packs a lot of power for just two mana. She has flash, and her enters-the-battlefield ability returns a creature you control to its owner's hand. These two abilities . . .