Forced Fruition Episode 1: Protect the Planeswalker


Welcome to Forced Fruition, the weekly show where we find ways to broaden our views on playing the game of Magic. Forced because we’re imposing some kind of rule or theme on our game, and Fruition because we’re going to learn something.

On this episode, we dive into a THS-THS-THS draft. Very quickly, I realized there was a ton of removal coming my way and in pack two, we opened [card]Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver[/card]. That solidified this week’s theme: “Protect the Planeswalker.” While we only got to cast her once over the course of this Swiss tourney, playing to keep opponents’ boards clear of anything that might threaten our blue/black mistress was effective.


Drafting Packs 1 and 2



Drafting Pack 3 and Deckbuilding




[deck title= Protect the Planeswalker]

*1 Keepsake Gorgon

*1 Disciple of Phenax

*1 Returned Phalanx

*1 Baleful Eidolon

*1 Stoneshock Giant

*1 Ember Swallower

*1 Borderland Minotaur

*1 Ill-Tempered Cyclops

*1 Fanatic of Mogis

*1 Spearpoint Oread

*1 Shipwreck Singer

*1 Burnished Hart


*1 Sip of Hemlock

*2 Lash of the Whip

*1 Pharika’s Cure

*2 Rage of Purphoros

*1 Magma Jet

*1 Lightning Strike

*1 Steam Augry

*1 Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver

*1 Traveler’s Amulet


*2 Island

*8 Swamp

*7 Mountain

Match 1 Game 1



Match 2 Game 1



Match 2 Game 2



Match 3 Game 1



Match 3 Game 2


About the Author
Andrew rediscovered his love for Magic when he saw Innistrad. Returning to the game after a long hiatus, he now spends his days streaming drafts (, playing EDH, and practicing Standard.

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