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Julien Nuijten is the 2004 Magic: the Gathering World Champion!

WORLDS VIDEO ARCHIVE

Team and Individual Finals video files are posted below. More archived video from Sunday's action will be posted next week.
Note: Included are the files for the complete individual and team finals. Because of their size, they are only reccomended for broadband connections.

After five days of play across four different formats, the 15-year-old player from the Netherlands emerged on top of a tough Sunday field that included Gabriel Nassif and Kamiel Cornelissen to become the youngest player in the game's history to win a Pro Tour title.

His timing could not have been better. His finals match against Aeo Paquette had more money at stake than any match in the history of Magic. Not only was it for the $35,000 grand prize, but also the winner would advance considerably higher in the Player-of-the-Year Standings for the purposes of the end-of-year payout. Once Julien's Eternal Slide deck dispatched Paquette's Ravager Affinity, he pushed his total cash winnings from this tournament over the $50,000 mark (including end-of-year payout).

The $52,366 that Julien was awarded is the largest amount of money any player has ever earned at a Collectible Card Game tournament. He shattered the previous mark, which was set at the 2000 Magic: the Gathering World Championships when Jon Finkel won $45,000 for his amazing performance that saw him win both the individual and team competition that year in Brussels.

It was quite a weekend for Magic's newest superstar, showcasing what a dominant force the Netherlands has become in Magic (joining him in the Top 8 was countryman Kamiel Cornelissen). It was also a strong weekend for Canada, with two Canadians in the Top 8 -- 19-year-old finalist Aeo Paquette and quarterfinalist Murray "The Mauler" Evans. Joining Nuijten and Paquette in the semifinals were France's Manuel Bevand and Japan's Ryo Ogura. Terry Soh of Malaysia and one other player rounded out the Top 8.

World Champion Julien NuijtenThat player was Gabriel Nassif, who made his third Pro Tour Top 8 of the season this weekend. Between his Top 8 appearance and a Top 12 showing by his French National team, Nassif won the Player-of-the-Year Race -- an award he had locked up by yesterday afternoon. He earned himself $20,000 in end-of-year money and will have all of his travel and accommodations for the next year of Pro Tours taken care of courtesy of Wizards of the Coast. As a testament to his season-long consistency, he earned the Player of the Year without winning a Pro Tour event -- the first time that has happened in the history of the award.

The Team Championships ended in heart-breaking dramatic fashion as the final match was decided with the winner clinging on to his final point of life. The Belgian National Champion, Vincent Lemoine missed a point of damage earlier in the game and he was never able to finish German National Champion Torben Twiefel off to seal the victory. Instead, Germany took the Team Championship back on the shoulders of Twiefel, Sebastian Zink, and Roland Bode. Zink is the twin brother of last year's World Champion, Daniel Zink.

The World Championships is the final tournament of the 2004 Pro Tour season. Julien Nuijten, Gabriel Nassif and the German National team of Torben Twiefel, Sebastian Zink, and Roland Bode gave this season an ending that none of us will soon forget!


Individual Top 8

Quaterfinals

(1) Kamiel Cornelissen

(8) Manuel Bevand

(4) Aeo Paquette

(5) Gabriel Nassif

(2) Julien Nuijten

(7) Murray Evans

(3) Terry Soh

(6) Ryo Ogura

Semi-finals

Manuel Bevand, 3-1

Aeo Paquette, 3-1

Julien Nuijten, 3-2

Ryo Ogura, 3-2

Finals

Aeo Paquette, 3-1

Julien Nuijten, 3-2

Champion

Julien Nuijten, 3-1

National Team Finals

Finals

Team Germany

Team Belgium

Champion

Team Germany, 2-1

EVENT COVERAGE

  • Player of the Year: Final Payouts
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Photo Gallery: Trophy Ceremony
    by Craig Gibson
  • Finals: Julien Nuijten vs. Aeo Paquette
    by Ted Knutson
  • Team Finals: Torben Twiefel vs. Vincent Lemoine
    by Gary Wise
  • Team Finals: Sebastian Zink vs. Dilson Ramos Da Fonseca
    by Mike Turian
  • Team Finals: Roland Bode vs. Geoffrey Siron
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Draft Report: Team Finals Draft
    by Mike Turian
  • Semifinals: Julien Nuijten vs. Ryo Ogura
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Semifinals: Manuel Bevand vs. Aeo Paquette
    by Mike Turian
  • Quarterfinals: Murray Evans vs. Julien Nuijten
    by Mike Turian
  • Quarterfinals: Ryo Ogura vs. Terry Soh
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Quarterfinals: Aeo Paquette vs. Gabriel Nassif
    by Ted Knutson
  • Quarterfinals: Kamiel Cornelissen vs. Manuel Bevand
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Draft Review: The Final Draft Complete Cardlist
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Feature: Closing the Deck Box on Worlds
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Feature: National Teams Photo Gallery
    by Craig Gibson
  • Info: Day 4 Wrap-Up
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Blog: Day 4 Coverage
    by Brian-David Marshall
  • Feature: A Guided Tour of Worlds 2004
    by Scott Johns and Craig Gibson
  • Feature: The Top 2 Team Profiles
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 22: Belgium vs. Denmark
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Round 22: Germany vs. Japan
    by Mike Turian
  • Round 21: Japan vs. The Netherlands
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Round 20: France vs. Germany
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 20: Japan vs. Malaysia
    by Mike Turian
  • Feature: Potato Nation Takes on the World's Best
    by Potato Nation
  • Feature: A Day at the Races
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Info: Day 4 Team/Player List
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 4 Introduction
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 3 Wrap-Up
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Blog: Day 3 Coverage
    by Ted Knutson
  • Feature: The Top 8 Profiles
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Decks: The Top 8 Decklists
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Feature: Question Mark -- Trivia Show
    by Mark Rosewater
  • Feature: From Nowhere, it's South Korea!
    by Scott Johns
  • Feature: Player of the Year Race - Rickard Österberg
    by Ted Knutson
  • Round 18: Julien Nuijten vs. Ignacio Parot
    by Gary Wise
  • Decks: 6-0 Mirrodin Block Decks
    by Mike Turian
  • Round 16: Manuel Bevand vs. Ryo Ogura
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Round 15: Geoffrey Siron vs. Brock Parker
    by Mike Turian
  • Feature: Scenes from San Francisco
    by Brian David-Marshall and Craig Gibson
  • Round 15: Daniel Zink vs. Sebastian Zink
    by Gary Wise
  • Round 14: Gabriel Nassif vs. Julien Nuijten
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Feature: Mirrodin Block Metagame Analysis
    by Mike Turian
  • Round 13: Craig Krempels vs. Kamiel Cornelissen
    by Mike Turian
  • Info: Day 3 Introduction
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 2 Wrap-Up
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Blog: Day 2 Coverage
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Draft Report: Anton Jonsson
    by Scott Johns
  • Feature: Player of the Year Race - Nicolai Herzog
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Decks: Undefeated Drafters Decklists
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Draft Report: Ruel, Bevand, Cornelissen, Paquette
    by Mike Turian
  • Feature: Bringing Old Friends Together
    by Gary Wise
  • Feature: Jon Finkel's Just Fine
    by Gary Wise
  • Feature: A Look Inside Worlds
    by Brian David-Marshall and Craig Gibson
  • Feature: The 3-0 Players of Draft 1
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 10: Pods
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 9: Brock Parker vs. Kamiel Cornelissen
    by Gary Wise
  • Draft Report: William Jensen and Brock Parker
    by Mike Turian
  • Round 7: Pods
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 2 Introduction
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 1 Wrap-Up
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Blog: Day 1 Coverage
    by Brian-David Marshall
  • Feature: Player of the Year Race - Gabriel Nassif
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Decks: 6-0 and 5-1 Decklists
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Feature: Metagame Analysis
    by Ted Knutson
  • Feature: Day 1 Deck Diversity
    by Mike Turian
  • Round 6: Marco Blume vs. Andrei Hayrynen
    by Scott Johns
  • Round 4: Anton Jonsson vs. Jin Okamoto
    by Mike Turian
  • Feature: Magic Goes 3D
    by Scott Johns
  • Deck Tech: Blue-Red Control
    by Mike Turian
  • Round 2: Jeroen Remie vs. Ben Rubin
    by Ted Knutson
  • Info: Day 1 Player List
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 1 Introduction
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Info: Fact Sheet
    by Event Coverage Staff

pairings, results, standings

Pairings

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12 11 10 9 8 7

6 5 4 3 2 1

Results

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12 11 10 9 8 7

6 5 4 3 2 1

Standings

18 17 16 15 14 13

12 11 10 9 8 7

6 5 4 3 2 1

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