World Champion Decks 2002 Theme Decks

Posted in Feature on August 19, 2008

By Wizards of the Coast

 

 


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Carlos Romão

Romão's blue-black "Psychatog" deck was the defining deck of the tournament. A control deck at heart, with lots of card drawing and countermagic, it wants to stall an opponent until it can play a devastating Upheaval and Psychatog on the same turn. While many people at this year's World Championship played this style of deck, Carlos simply played his version better than everyone else played theirs.

Romão, known as "Jaba" to his friends, was a perfect 6-0 during the Swiss portion of the tournament, posting a stunning 12-0 game record. This twenty-year-old native of São Paulo, Brazil, has been widely regarded as one of the best players in South America. His deck tried to stay alive long enough to play Upheaval, while floating mana to replay Psychatog on the same turn.

# Rarity Cost Card Name
10 L   Island
2 U   Cephalid Coliseum
1 R   Darkwater Catacombs
4 U   Salt Marsh
3 L   Swamp
4 R   Underground River
4 C 1 ManaBlack Mana Nightscape Familiar
4 U 1 ManaBlue ManaBlack Mana Psychatog
3 U 1 ManaBlack Mana Chainers Edict
3 U 2 ManaBlue Mana Circular Logic
4 C Blue ManaBlue Mana Counterspell
3 R 2 ManaBlue Mana Cunning Wish
3 C 3 ManaBlue Mana Deep Analysis
3 U 3 ManaBlue Mana Fact or Fiction
3 C 1 ManaBlue Mana Memory Lapse
4 C 2 ManaBlue Mana Repulse
2 R 4 ManaBlue ManaBlue Mana Upheaval
1 C Black Mana Coffin Purge
4 C Black Mana Duress
1 U 3 ManaBlue Mana Fact or Fiction
1 U 1 ManaBlue Mana Gainsay
3 C Black Mana Ghastly Demise
1 U 2 ManaBlue Mana Hibernation
1 R 2 ManaBlue Mana Mana Short
1 C 1 ManaBlue ManaBlack Mana Recoil
1 U 2 ManaBlack Mana Slay
1 R 1 ManaBlue Mana Teferis Response
* = from a previous set

 

 

 

 

Brian Kibler

Kibler's green-white-red "Red Zone 2K2" deck loves to put creatures into the "red zone"; that is, attack with them! This aggressive deck can put over thirty creatures on the board. And with Glory in the graveyard, few defenses can prevail against their onslaught.

A Pro Tour veteran, Brian piloted this deck to an impressive finish at this year's Worlds. The "red zone" actually refers to the attacking zone on the playmats used on the Pro Tour circuit.

The twenty-one year old Kibler attends Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and is part of the "Mini-Colony" playtest group that designed the Red Zone 2K2 deck.

# Rarity Cost Card Name
7 L   Forest
4 R   Brushland
2 R   City of Brass
4 R   Karplusan Forest
2 L   Mountain
3 L   Plains
4 R 1 ManaGreen ManaWhite Mana Anurid Brushhopper
4 R Green Mana Birds of Paradise
4 U 3 ManaRed Mana Flametongue Kavu
3 R 3 ManaWhite ManaWhite Mana Glory
3 C Green Mana Llanowar Elves
4 U 2 ManaGreen ManaGreen Mana Phantom Centaur
4 C 1 ManaGreen Mana Wild Mongrel
4 R 2 ManaGreen Mana Call of the Herd
3 U 1 ManaRed Mana // 1 ManaBlue Mana Fire/Ice
3 R 1 ManaGreen Mana Living Wish
2 U Green Mana // White Mana Wax/Wane
1 R   City of Brass
1 R 4 ManaGreen Mana Genesis
2 R 4 ManaWhite Mana Global Ruin
1 R 3 ManaWhite ManaWhite Mana Glory
1 R 2 ManaWhite Mana Intrepid Hero
1 R 5 ManaGreen ManaWhite Mana Phantom Nishoba
3 U 1 ManaWhite Mana Reprisal
2 U Red ManaGreen Mana Simoon
1 R Green Mana Sylvan Safekeeper
1 U 2 ManaGreen Mana Thornscape Battlemage
1 U 2 ManaRed Mana Thunderscape Battlemage
* = from a previous set

 

 

 

 

Raphael Levy

Levy's blue-green "Le Wonder Goose" deck features a ton of small green creatures like Nimble Mongoose and Werebear. With Careful Study and Mental Note to get to threshold, however, those small creatures quickly turn into real monsters!

A native of Toulouse, France, Raphael Levy posted an impressive 5-1 record during the Standard portion of this year's Worlds playing this deck. The deck used blue not for countermagic, but for cards which helped the deck reach threshold more quickly, and for Wonder in the graveyard, which allows the deck's pumped-up threshold creatures to fly.

# Rarity Cost Card Name
8 L   Forest
10 L   Island
4 R   Yavimaya Coast
2 R 4 ManaGreen Mana Genesis
4 U Green Mana Nimble Mongoose
3 U 1 ManaGreen Mana Setons Scout
4 C 1 ManaGreen Mana Werebear
4 C 1 ManaGreen Mana Wild Mongrel
4 U 3 ManaBlue Mana Wonder
4 U X ManaBlue Mana Breakthrough
4 C Blue Mana Careful Study
4 C Blue Mana Mental Note
4 U 6 ManaGreen Mana Roar of the Wurm
1 C 2 ManaBlue Mana Rushing River
4 U 1 ManaGreen Mana Compost
3 U Blue Mana Disrupt
3 U 2 ManaGreen ManaGreen Mana Phantom Centaur
2 C 1 ManaWhite Mana Ray of Revelation
2 C 2 ManaBlue Mana Repulse
1 C 2 ManaBlue Mana Rushing River
* = from a previous set

 

 

 

 

Sim Han How

Han How's blue-green-red "Squirrel Opposition" deck can be aggressive with cards like Wild Mongrel and Flametongue Kavu, or it can play the stalling game with a Squirrel Nest - Opposition combo. Beware the Roar of the Wurm in the sideboard!

Malaysian National Champion Sim Han How raised some eyebrows by posting a 6-0 record with this deck. It is designed to get out lots of Squirrel tokens with Squirrel Nest before using Opposition to tie up the opponent's creatures and mana.

Han How won quite a few games using some tricky sideboarding, such as pulling out his enchantments and bringing in more beatdown cards.

Besides being a top Magic player, Han How is also a student at Bandar Utama College in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

# Rarity Cost Card Name
8 L   Forest
5 L   Island
3 R   Karplusan Forest
2 R   Shivan Reef
4 R   Yavimaya Coast
4 R Green Mana Birds of Paradise
3 U 3 ManaRed Mana Flametongue Kavu
3 C Green Mana Llanowar Elves
4 U 1 ManaBlue Mana Merfolk Looter
3 U 2 ManaGreen ManaGreen Mana Phantom Centaur
4 C 1 ManaGreen Mana Wild Mongrel
4 U 2 ManaBlue Mana Circular Logic
3 C 3 ManaBlue Mana Deep Analysis
3 U 1 ManaRed Mana // 1 ManaBlue Mana Fire/Ice
4 R 2 ManaBlue ManaBlue Mana Opposition
3 U 1 ManaGreen ManaGreen Mana Squirrel Nest
1 U 3 ManaRed Mana Flametongue Kavu
3 U 1 ManaBlue Mana Gainsay
3 U 1 ManaBlue Mana Quiet Speculation
2 C 1 ManaWhite Mana Ray of Revelation
4 U 6 ManaGreen Mana Roar of the Wurm
2 U Red ManaGreen Mana Simoon
* = from a previous set

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