At heart I’m a Timmy. But I have a lot of Johnny tendencies as well. I just tend to like janky combos rather than the more powerful ones Spike leans towards. Here I would like to share some combos you may or may not be aware of. Feel free to suggest more fun and powerful combinations these cards work well in. Johnnies unite!
This time around, I’d like to discuss an aspect of “everyone draws” cards that could be counter-productive to you having fun. Normally, I love playing these cards. I run Rites of Flourishing and Howling Mine in two different decks, Jace Beleren is the only planeswalker I let stay in play as long as his controller is spreading the love, and my old group had a blast when Font of Mythos came down along with one or both of those last two. But this card…
It has its issues. First of all, it doesn’t help you. Second of all, it’s 7 cards instead of 1, or 2 in the case of Font of Mythos. And third, your opponent gets the choice of whether or not to draw in that they can cast their absolutely-needed-to-cast spell and just stop casting that turn, so for those who want to overwhelm their opponents with cards it may not even beas efficient as a Jace’s Archivist or Otherworld Atlas.
I’ve only seen this played twice, the second being the last time I played at my old card shop. I was running my Rafiq of the Many enchantment deck, and had this amazing recursion card in hand…
The deck is a usual Rafiq deck; make Rafiq big, swing, kill a player if they can’t answer your threat. Replenish is in the deck because it fits the enchantment theme and helps the deck overcome one of its greatest weaknesses; Wrath of God might as well be a Planar Cleansing. It’s not a reanimator-style deck, although as with many Commander decks it likes reusing its graveyard to perform well in long multiplayer games. Forced Fruition turned my deck into a reanimator deck.
Without my Reliquary Tower in play, Forced Fruition had me discarding a ton. I cast the spells I absolutely wanted to cast and I made sure to discard only enchantments. Eventually I used an Aura Shards trigger to remove Forced Fruition when I was tired of having to discard and was tired of sharing the drawing fun with my other two opponents and was ready to truly get my worth out of those cards my opponent was “forcing” on me.
The next turn it went: Replenish into at least Journey to Nowhere removing an opponent’s creature and Steel of the Godhead and Eldrazi Conscription enchanting Rafiq. I know Asceticism was either already in play or one of the enchantments recurred. I swung with with Rafiq and was able to take the opponent I thought was the scariest out of the game in one shot. All of this set up normally would have taken me 2-3 turns. I believe I ended up winning that game, although that shouldn’t be surprising given the outrageous card advantage I was given, as I was able to make use of those cards more so than my other two opponents.
Now, not every deck plays with the graveyard, so Forced Fruition won’t always have this negative result for you. Most Commander decks do, though. I very much encourage running Group Hug effects like Rites of Flourishing, Howling Mine, and Font of Mythos - in fact, I encourage any player with a White deck to consider adding Oath of Lieges. However, unless you’re a dedicated Group Hug or Chaos deck, I wouldn’t run Forced Fruition. Oh, and donating it with Zedruu, the Greathearted to the player who least needs the cards is certainly better than only your opponents drawing cards. But the way this card is usually played, it’s just really not that good; it’s probably not going to deck your opponents (after all, they can just stop casting spells until they draw into enchantment removal or kill you, and there are better effects to stop them from casting spells), it doesn’t give you any of those cards, and it actively hurts your game plan if anyone can play a “no maximum hand size” effect or use the graveyard resources you’re giving them. So unless you’re looking for a card that might help your opponents set up some Crazy Stupid Combos, either don’t run Forced Fruition or consider some graveyard hate to go along with it.