World Champion Decks 2004 Theme Decks

Posted in Feature on August 18, 2008

By Wizards of the Coast

Julien Nuijten

The youngest ever Magic World Champion, Dutch wunderkind Julien Nujiten came out of nowhere to stun the field. Just fifteen years old, Nujiten proved that he can play with the best. Playing a green-white Astral Slide deck designed to destroy "Affinity", he posted a respectable 4-2 record on the Standard day at Worlds and then calmly swept the field on the final day. He says the inspiration for his deck came from an Internet article by Pro Tour veteran Brian Kibler.

# Rarity Cost Card Name
4 C   Secluded Steppe
4 C   Tranquil Thicket
4 R   Windswept Heath
6 L   Plains
7 L   Forest
4 U Viridian Shaman
4 U Eternal Witness
4 R Eternal Dragon
4 R Wrath of God
4 C Renewed Faith
4 U Astral Slide
2 R Akroma's Vengeance
2 R Decree of Justice
1 R Plow Under
2 U Wing Shards
4 C Rampant Growth
4 U Oxidize
2 R Rude Awakening
3 U Scrabbling Claws
3 U Circle of Protection: Red
3 R Plow Under
* = from a previous set





Aeo Paquette

Professional Magic player Aeo Paquette played the deck that defined the metagame at the 2004 World Championships: "Affinity." Against a field full of decks designed to beat Affinity, this nineteen-year-old Canadian piloted his fast worldchampionshipdecks2004 deck to a 5-1 record during the Standard portion of the tournament. Paquette credits his friend Jeff Cunningham for helping him design an Affinity deck that could compete so well against the field.

# Rarity Cost Card Name
4 U   Seat of the Synod
4 U   Vault of Whispers
4 C   Great Furnace
3 R   Blinkmoth Nexus
3 R   Glimmervoid
4 U Ornithopter
4 R Arcbound Ravager
4 C Arcbound Worker
4 C Disciple of the Vault
2 C Somber Hoverguard
4 C Frogmite
4 R Chrome Mox
4 C Thoughtcast
4 C Welding Jar
4 U Shrapnel Blast
4 C Cranial Plating
4 R Furnace Dragon
4 C Seething Song
3 C Serum Visions
4 C Annul
* = from a previous set





Manuel Bevand

Pro Tour veteran Manuel Bevand played an artifact-based combo deck to a perfect 6-0 record on the Standard day at Worlds. His deck uses Krark-Clan Ironworks to quickly get a Myr Incubator into play, which then creates thirty or more 1/1 creatures -- sometimes as early as the third turn! A twenty-seven-year-old freelance game designer from Paris, France, Bevand has been a Magic regular since 1994, playing in over a dozen Pro Tour events. He credits Magic Online for getting him back into championship form.

# Rarity Cost Card Name
3 C   Tree of Tales
2 C   Ancient Den
2 C   Vault of Whispers
4 C   Seat of the Synod
4 C   Great Furnace
4 C   Darksteel Citadel
4 U Krark-Clan Ironworks
3 U Talisman of Dominance
1 U Fireball
1 R Goblin Charbelcher
4 R Chrome Mox
3 U Fabricate
4 R Myr Incubator
4 C Pentad Prism
4 C Condescend
3 C Serum Visions
4 C Thoughtcast
3 U Thirst for Knowledge
3 U Talisman of Progress
4 C Mana Leak
4 R Furnace Dragon
4 C Seething Song
3 U Pyroclasm
* = from a previous set





Gabriel Nassif

Twenty-year-old Gabriel Nassif is considered to be the best player never to have won a Pro Tour event. Designed to beat the ubiquitous "Affinity" decks, his blue-white control deck also plays well against anti-Affinity decks. Worlds marked the third time in the season that the Parisian had made it to the final day of a Pro Tour event, and his performance earned Nassif the coveted 2004 Player of the Year award -- a title he will defend vigorously next year.

# Rarity Cost Card Name
3 U   Temple of the False God
4 R   Flooded Strand
4 U   Cloudpost
7 L   Island
7 L   Plains
3 R Exalted Angel
2 R Eternal Dragon
3 C Wayfarer's Bauble
2 R Akroma's Vengeance
4 C Mana Leak
3 C Annul
3 C Condescend
3 U Rewind
4 R Wrath of God
4 R Decree of Justice
4 U Thirst for Knowledge
4 U Purge
3 C Pacifism
3 U Scrabbling Claws
3 R Stifle
2 U Relic Barrier
* = from a previous set

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