Because the pros don't have much time to dedicate to the format, so you might expect it to simply be a hodgepodge of old Standard decks retrofitted with a couple random cards. That's partly true. Goblin-Bidding and Ravager Affinity are both good, as are old standbys Psychatog and Blue-Green Madness. But there is also room for innovation, such as Brian Kibler's "Red Rock" (which includes the particularly vicious anti-Affinity sideboard card,
Alas, such creativity is not on display here in the Invitational finals. Both Bob Maher and Mattias Jorstedt are playing Ravager Affinity. Bob added a single Cabal Therapy to an otherwise Standard-legal list, while Mattias squeezed in four
As Bob won the Auction of the People and Mattias won Mirrodin Block Constructed, this event will decide who wins the Invitational and gets his face on a future card of his own design.
The Disciple meant that Bob lost life anytime he sacrificed one of his own artifacts, and that handicap was too much to overcome. At one point Mattias sacrificed a Clamped Enforcer and drew into a second Disciple, and was able to take Bob from 11 to 0 without hitting him with a creature in combat.
Mattias 1 - Bob 0
Mattias responded to the second Disciple by playing
With two Disciples in play, Mattias needed a way to stop the Ornithopter that didn't involve sending an artifact to the graveyard. Such a way didn't really exist, so Mattias scooped with Bob still at 20 life.
Mattias 1 - Bob 1
This is it--the final game for all the marbles.
Mattias may have sealed his own fate by not maligning. His opening hand was not very explosive: Ravager, double Disciple, double Mutation, Frogmite, Vault of Whispers. He was going to live or die based on if he could draw a second artifact land by turn 2.
He did not. Bob ended it mercifully fast, however with the following sequence:
Mattias had a lowly Disciple, and Bob had 8 power of fliers. That was that.
Maher 2 - Jorstedt 1
Bob Maher wins the 2004 Magic Invitational lightning quick!