Zak Dolan's Worlds Diary

Posted in Arcana on August 26, 2004

By Wizards of the Coast

Magic's first World Champion Zak Dolan, stopping by to watch the finals of this year's US NationalsMagic's first World Champion Zak Dolan, stopping by to watch the finals of this year's US Nationals

For this week’s feature article, Managing Producer Monty Ashley put together a great stroll back in time to Magic’s first World Championships, including articles about the event as well as several recounts of the actual play-by-play from the final match between Zak Doland and Bertrand Lestreé. After publishing that article on Monday, I got the following email from Magic’s first World Champion:


Attached is something I wrote about 7 or 8 years ago but never published, a commentary on the play-by-play of the first M:TG World Championships. I've added a short intro and conclusion, but otherwise it's what I wrote when the memories were still fresh in my mind…

Included was a great tournament report from the event, as well as a separate article analyzing the two finalist decks. In addition to some great storytelling leading up to the final event, Zak also covers the same play-by-play we had in the other articles, but this one also includes what he was thinking about as each of the turns unfolded. It’s a great report even with all the nostalgia aside, so I hope you enjoy reading this “bonus” feature article as much as I did. Thanks for sending this one in Zak!

- Scott Johns, Content Manager,

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