2004 World Championships Feature

Posted in Event Coverage on September 5, 2004

By Brian David-Marshall

Brian David-Marshall is a New York–based game designer who has been involved with Magic since 1994, when he started organizing tournaments and ran a Manhattan game store. Since then, he has been a judge, a player, and one of the longest-tenured columnists on DailyMTG.com, as he enters his second decade writing for the site. He is also the Pro Tour Historian and one of the commentators for the Pro Tour.

Things are starting to wind down here, but before I go I wanted to catch you up on some interesting decks from the tournament that were either mentioned in Feature Match coverage or in the blog but never listed out. There was one Standard deck in particular that stood out, although I don't think it was mentioned in the Day 1 coverage but seemed to warrant two minutes of my life spent typing it up.

Sam Gomersall 's Krark-Clan Desire carried him to a 4-2 record Day 1 and caught the attention of more than a few people watching it in action.

Mind's Desire - Sam Gomersall

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Sideboard (15)
4 Welding Jar 3 Annul 4 Mana Leak 4 Leonin Elder

One of the decks we featured in the blog was a blue-green build by the Japanese called Aprils. After a promising start for a couple of the deck's pilots the plan seemed to backfire as they could no beat any deck aside from Affinity and even then the matchup was not overwhelming enough to make up for the fact that it lost to everything else.

Aprils - Hisaya Tanaka

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The deck that was the most exciting to watch was Ignacio Parot's cogish blue-green deck that took him to a 4-1-1 record on Day 3. He finished in 15th place on the weekend and was in Top 8 contention right up until the final round.

Triple Third Three - Ignacio Parot

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Manuel Bevand did manage to make it into the Top 8 of Worlds playing with Jan Holland's cog deck from Grand Prix-New Jersey. He defeated Tsuyoshi Fujita in the final round but keep in mind that Manuel only took this deck to a 3-3 record. His 6-0 run with his Standard format Ironworks deck did most of the trick.

Last Hope! Go! - Manuel Bevand

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Big Red - Tsuyoshi Fujita

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One of the funnier stories on the weekend was when Antoine Ruel and Sebastien Roux swapped decks prior to the start of play on Day 3. Ruel needed to go 3-2-1 to earn a berth in the Top 8 and he wanted to play the following mono-green list instead of his Tooth and Nail deck. He had an outside shot of sneaking in during the last round but lost, to of all things, the mirror match.

Force of Nature - Antoine Ruel

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