Worlds Destruction

Posted in Arcana on August 12, 2014

By Blake Rasmussen

Blake is the content manager for DailyMTG.com, making him the one you should email if you have thoughts on the website, good or less good (or not good). He's a longtime coverage reporter and hasn't turned down a game of Magic in any format ever.

It takes some heavy hitting to win a world championship, and few things pack more heft than mass-destruction spells. From Akroma's Vengeance all the way to Wildfire, world champions have a history of sweeping many things into the graveyard at once.

With the bulk of the 2013–14 Pro season behind us, the only piece left is the World Championship, and based on the history of worlds-winning decks, that deck will have to have some kind of mass destruction in the main or, at the very least, the sideboard.

Granted, I had to stretch to call some of these "mass destruction" (Cloudthresher did destroy a lot of Faeries, and Hibernation does bounce a lot of green creatures...), but only two years featured a worlds-winning deck that didn't have something that destroyed "all" or large numbers of something.

See if you can guess what those two years are before scrolling down.

1994 World Championship—Zak Dolan
Armageddon
Chaos Orb
Siren's Call
Wrath of God

1995 World Championship—Alexander Blumke
Balance
Pestilence

1996 World Championship—Tom Chanpheng
Armageddon
Balance

1997 World Championship—Jakub Slemr
None!

1998 World Championship—Brian Selden
Living Death

1999 World Championship—Kai Budde
Earthquake
Wildfire

2000 World Championship—Jon Finkel
None!

2001 World Championship—Tom Van de Logt
Pyroclasm

2002 World Championship—Carlos Romao
Hibernation
Upheaval

2003 World Championship—Daniel Zink
Wrath of God

2004 World Championship—Julien Nuijten
Akroma's Vengeance
Wrath of God

2005 World Championship—Katsuhiro Mori
Wrath of God

2006 World Championship—Makihito Mihara
Pyroclasm

2007 World Championship—Uri Peleg
Cloudthresher

2008 World Championship—Antti Malin
Infest

2009 World Championship—André Coimbra
Ajani Vengeant

2010 World Championship—Guillaume Matignon
Consume the Meek
Ratchet Bomb

2011 World Championship—Jun'ya Iyanaga
Slagstorm

2012 Players Championship—Yuuya Watanabe
Jund Charm
Pyroclasm

2013 World Championship—Shahar Shenhar
Engineered Explosives
Pyroclasm
Supreme Verdict

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