Card-by-card Recap

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The year: 1994. The event: the first Magic World Championships. Both decks from the finals, and card-by-card recap of the entire finals.

Transcribed by Mark Rosewater and Chris Page compiled by Mark Rosewater retranscribed in 1999 by Monty Ashley

Finalists:

Zak Dolan (U.S.) [beat Domic Symens (Belgium) 2-0 in semi-finals]

Bertrand Lestreé (France) [beat Cyrille DeFoucand (France) 2-1 in semi-finals]

Zak Dolan 1994 World Championships Bertrand Lestreé 1994 World Championships

First Duel

Opening Hands

Zak: Ivory Tower, Mana Vault, Mox Emerald, Savannah, Stasis (2), Tropical Island
Bertrand: Chain Lightning, Mox Emerald, Mox Ruby, Psionic Blast, Sylvan Library, Taiga, Whirling Dervish

Opening Roll

On a 10-sided die (Bertrand's), Zak rolled a 4 and Bertrand rolled a 3. Zak goes first.

Turn #1 (Zak)

Zak: 20; Bertrand: 20

Zak's Hand: Ivory Tower, Mana Vault, Mox Emerald, Savannah, Stasis (2), Tropical Island
In Play: Nothing

Turn #2 (Bertrand)

Zak: 20; Bertrand: 20

Bertrand's Hand: Chain Lightning, Mox Emerald, Mox Ruby, Psionic Blast, Sylvan Library, Taiga, Whirling Dervish
In Play: Nothing

Zak: 17; Bertrand: 20

Turn #3 (Zak)

Zak's Hand: Mana Vault, Mox Emerald, Savannah, Stasis (2), Tropical Island
In Play: Ivory Tower, Savannah

  • Upkeep: Gain 2 life from Ivory Tower (6 cards in hand)

Zak: 19; Bertrand: 20

Turn #4 (Bertrand)

Bertrand's Hand: Chain Lightning, Psionic Blast, Whirling Dervish
In Play: Mox Emerald, Mox Ruby, Sylvan Library, Taiga

Zak: 16; Bertrand: 20

Turn #5 (Zak)

Zak's Hand: Mana Drain, Mana Vault, Mox Emerald, Savannah, Stasis (2)
In Play: Ivory Tower, Savannah, Tropical Island

  • Upkeep: Gain 2 life from Ivory Tower (6 cards in hand)

Zak: 18; Bertrand: 20

Turn #6 (Bertrand)

Bertrand's Hand: Birds of Paradise, Psionic Blast
In Play: Mox Emerald, Mox Ruby, Sylvan Library, Taiga, Whirling Dervish

Zak: 17; Bertrand: 20

Turn #7 (Zak)

Zak's Hand: Mana Drain, Mana Vault, Stasis (2)
In Play: Ivory Tower, Kismet, Mox Emerald, Savannah, Savannah, Tropical Island

Turn #8 (Bertrand)

Bertrand's Hand: Psionic Blast
In Play: Birds of Paradise, Mishra's Factory, Mox Emerald, Mox Ruby, Sylvan Library, Taiga, Whirling Dervish

Zak: 13; Bertrand: 20

Turn #9 (Zak)

Zak's Hand: Mana Drain, Mana Vault, Mox Sapphire, Stasis (2)
In Play: Ivory Tower, Kismet, Mox Emerald, Savannah, Savannah, Tropical Island

  • Upkeep: Gain 1 life from Ivory Tower (5 cards in hand)

Zak: 14; Bertrand: 20

Zak: 14; Bertrand: 23

Turn #10 (Bertrand)

Bertrand's Hand: Lightning Bolt, Psionic Blast
In Play: Birds of Paradise, Mishra's Factory, Mox Emerald, Mox Ruby, Sylvan Library, Taiga

Zak: 12; Bertrand: 23

Turn #11 (Zak)

Zak's Hand: Mana Drain, Mana Vault, Mox Sapphire, Stasis (2)
In Play: Ivory Tower, Kismet, Mox Emerald, Savannah, Savannah, Tropical Island

Zak: 13; Bertrand: 23

Turn #12 (Bertrand)

Bertrand's Hand: Fireball, Lightning Bolt, Psionic Blast
In Play: Birds of Paradise, Mishra's Factory, Mox Emerald, Mox Ruby, Sylvan Library, Taiga

Zak: 11; Bertrand: 23

Zak: 8; Bertrand: 23

Turn #13 (Zak)

Zak's Hand: Black Lotus, Mana Drain, Mana Vault, Mox Sapphire, Stasis (2)
In Play: Ivory Tower, Kismet, Mox Emerald, Savannah, Savannah, Tropical Island

  • Upkeep: Gain 2 life from Ivory Tower (6 cards in hand)

Zak: 10; Bertrand: 23

Turn #14 (Bertrand)

Bertrand's Hand: Fireball, Lightning Bolt, Psionic Blast
In Play: Birds of Paradise, Mishra's Factory, Mox Emerald, Mox Ruby, Sylvan Library, Taiga

Zak: 8; Bertrand: 23

Turn #15 (Zak)

Zak's Hand: Black Lotus, Mana Drain, Mana Vault, Mox Pearl, Stasis (2)
In Play: Ivory Tower, Kismet, Mox Emerald, Mox Sapphire, Savannah, Savannah, Tropical Island

  • Upkeep: Gain 2 life from Ivory Tower (6 cards in hand)

Zak: 10; Bertrand: 23

Turn #16 (Bertrand)

Bertrand's Hand: Channel, Fireball, Lightning Bolt, Psionic Blast
In Play: Birds of Paradise, Mishra's Factory, Mox Emerald, Mox Ruby, Sylvan Library, Taiga

Zak: 0 Bertrand: 13

Bertrand wins First Duel

Zak's Remaining Hand: Black Lotus, Mana Vault, Mox Pearl, Stasis (2), Time Walk
Bertrand's Remaining Hand: Lightning Bolt, Psionic Blast

Second Duel

Sideboard Exchanges

Zak:- from deck to sideboard: Disenchant, Kismet, Swords to Plowshares - from sideboard to deck: Circle of Protection: Red, Power Sink, Reverse Damage

Bertrand: No exchanges

Opening Hands

Zak: Control Magic, Library of Alexandria, Mox Emerald, Serra Angel, Strip Mine, Tundra, Winter Orb
Bertrand: Bayou, Demonic Tutor, Kird Ape, Lightning Bolt, Mind Twist, Mishra's Factory, Sylvan Library

Turn #1 (Zak)

Zak: 20; Bertrand: 20

Zak's Hand: Control Magic, Library of Alexandria, Mox Emerald, Serra Angel, Strip Mine, Tundra, Winter Orb
In Play: Nothing

Turn #2 (Bertrand)

Bertrand's Hand: Bayou, Demonic Tutor, Kird Ape, Lightning Bolt, Mind Twist, Mishra's Factory, Sylvan Library


In Play: Nothing

Turn #3 (Zak)

Zak's Hand: Birds of Paradise, Control Magic, Serra Angel, Strip Mine, Swords to Plowshares, Tundra, Winter Orb
In Play: Library of Alexandria, Mox Emerald

Turn #4 (Bertrand)

Bertrand's Hand: Bayou, Demonic Tutor, Kird Ape, Lightning Bolt, Mind Twist, Psionic Blast, Sylvan Library
In Play: Mishra's Factory

Turn #5 (Zak)

Zak's Hand: Control Magic, Meekstone, Serra Angel, Swords to Plowshares, Time Elemental
In Play: Birds of Paradise, Library of Alexandria, Mox Emerald, Strip Mine

Turn #6 (Bertrand)

Bertrand's Hand: Kird Ape, Lightning Bolt, Psionic Blast, Sylvan Library, Taiga
In Play: Bayou, Mishra's Factory

Turn #7 (Zak)

Zak's Hand: Control Magic, Meekstone, Serra Angel, Swords to Plowshares, Time Elemental, Tropical Island
In Play: Birds of Paradise, Library of Alexandria, Mox Emerald, Strip Mine

Turn #8 (Bertrand)

Bertrand's Hand: Lightning Bolt, Psionic Blast
In Play: Bayou, Mishra's Factory, Mox Sapphire, Sylvan Library, Taiga

Turn #9 (Zak)

Zak's Hand: Meekstone, Serra Angel, Stasis, Swords to Plowshares, Time Elemental, Timetwister
In Play: Birds of Paradise, Library of Alexandria, Mox Emerald, Strip Mine, Tropical Island

Turn #10 (Bertrand)

Bertrand's Hand: Psionic Blast
In Play: Argothian Pixies, Bayou, Mishra's Factory, Mox Sapphire, Sylvan Library, Taiga

Zak: 20; Bertrand: 18

Zak: 16; Bertrand: 18

Turn #11 (Zak)

Zak's Hand: Meekstone, Mox Sapphire, Stasis, Swords to Plowshares, Time Elemental, Timetwister
In Play: Birds of Paradise, Library of Alexandria, Mox Emerald, Strip Mine, Savannah, Tropical Island

Turn #12 (Bertrand)

Bertrand's Hand: Empty
In Play: Argothian Pixies, Bayou, Mox Sapphire, Sylvan Library, Taiga, Tropical Island

Zak: 14; Bertrand: 18

Turn #13 (Zak)

Zak's Hand: Howling Mine, Icy Manipulator, Meekstone, Stasis, Swords to Plowshares, Timetwister
In Play: Birds of Paradise, Library of Alexandria, Mox Emerald, Mox Sapphire, Savannah, Time Elemental, Tropical Island

Turn #14 (Zak)

Zak's Hand: Armageddon, Icy Manipulator, Stasis, Swords to Plowshares, Timetwister
In Play: Birds of Paradise, Howling Mine, Library of Alexandria, Meekstone, Mox Emerald, Mox Sapphire, Savannah, Time Elemental, Tropical Island

Turn #15 (Bertrand)

Bertrand's Hand: Psionic Blast
In Play: Argothian Pixies, Bayou, Mox Sapphire, Sylvan Library, Taiga, Tropical Island

-> Zak: Tap: Savannah to activate Icy Manipulator to tap Howling Mine

Zak: 12; Bertrand: 18

Turn #16 (Zak)

Zak's Hand: Armageddon, Reverse Damage, Stasis, Swords to Plowshares, Timetwister, Vesuvan Doppelganger
In Play: Birds of Paradise, Howling Mine, Icy Manipulator, Library of Alexandria, Meekstone, Mox Emerald, Mox Sapphire, Savannah, Savannah, Time Elemental, Tropical Island

Zak: 12; Bertrand: 20

Turn #17 (Bertrand)

Bertrand's Hand: Mishra's Factory, Psionic Blast
In Play: Bayou, Mox Sapphire, Sylvan Library, Taiga, Tropical Island

Turn #18 (Zak)

Zak's Hand: Armageddon, Power Sink, Reverse Damage, Stasis, Siren's Call, Timetwister, Vesuvan Doppelganger
In Play: Birds of Paradise, Howling Mine, Icy Manipulator, Library of Alexandria, Meekstone, Mox Emerald, Mox Sapphire, Savannah, Savannah, Time Elemental, Tropical Island, Tropical Island

Turn #19 (Bertrand)

Bertrand's Hand: Empty
In Play: Bayou, Kird Ape, Mishra's Factory, Mox Sapphire, Sylvan Library, Taiga, Tropical Island

Turn #20 (Zak)

Zak's Hand: Armageddon, Reverse Damage, Siren's Call, Stasis, Timetwister, Vesuvan Doppelganger
In Play: Birds of Paradise, Howling Mine, Icy Manipulator, Library of Alexandria, Meekstone, Mox Emerald, Mox Ruby, Mox Sapphire, Savannah, Savannah, Serra Angel, Time Elemental, Tropical Island, Tropical Island, Tropical Island

Turn #21 (Bertrand)

Bertrand's Hand: Sylvan Library
In Play: Bayou, Kird Ape, Mishra's Factory, Mox Sapphire, Taiga, Tropical Island

Turn #22 (Zak)

Zak's Hand: Armageddon, Ley Druid, Recall, Reverse Damage, Siren's Call, Stasis, Timetwister
In Play: Birds of Paradise, Howling Mine, Icy Manipulator, Library of Alexandria, Meekstone, Mox Emerald, Mox Ruby, Mox Sapphire, Savannah, Savannah, Serra Angel, Time Elemental, Tropical Island, Tropical Island, Tropical Island, Vesuvan Doppelganger

Zak: 12; Bertrand: 12

Turn #23 (Zak)

Zak's Hand: Armageddon, Ley Druid, Old Man of the Sea, Reverse Damage, Siren's Call, Stasis
In Play: Birds of Paradise, Howling Mine, Icy Manipulator, Library of Alexandria, Meekstone, Mox Emerald, Mox Ruby, Mox Sapphire, Savannah, Savannah, Serra Angel, Serra Angel, Time Elemental, Tropical Island, Tropical Island, Tropical Island, Tropical Island, Vesuvan Doppelganger

Zak: 12; Bertrand: 0

Zak wins Second Duel

Zak's Remaining Hand: Armageddon, Ley Druid, Old Man of the Sea, Reverse Damage, Siren's Call, Stasis [Note: They appear to have skipped Zak's last draw phase, so he technically had two more cards than this]

Bertrand's Remaining Hand: Empty

Third Duel

Sideboard Exchanges

Zak: - from deck to sideboard: Meekstone (2) - from sideboard to deck: Disenchant, Karma

Bertrand: - from deck to sideboard: Control Magic - from sideboard to deck: Serendib Efreet

Opening Hands

Zak: Armageddon, Howling Mine, Ivory Tower, Library of Alexandria, Mana Drain, Old Man of the Sea, Power Sink
Bertrand: Bayou, City of Brass, Fireball, Lightning Bolt, Mox Sapphire, Psionic Blast, Volcanic Island

Turn #1 (Bertrand)

Zak: 20; Bertrand: 20

Bertrand's Hand: Bayou, City of Brass, Fireball, Lightning Bolt, Mox Sapphire, Psionic Blast, Volcanic Island
In Play: Nothing

Turn #2 (Zak)

Zak's Hand: Armageddon, Howling Mine, Ivory Tower, Library of Alexandria, Mana Drain, Old Man of the Sea, Power Sink
In Play: Nothing

Turn #3 (Bertrand)

Bertrand's Hand: Bayou, Bayou, City of Brass, Fireball, Lightning Bolt, Psionic Blast
In Play: Mox Sapphire, Volcanic Island

Turn #4 (Zak)

Zak's Hand: Armageddon, Howling Mine, Mana Drain, Old Man of the Sea, Power Sink, Regrowth
In Play: Ivory Tower, Library of Alexandria

  • Upkeep: Gain 2 life from Ivory Tower (6 cards in hand)

Zak: 22; Bertrand: 20

Turn #5 (Bertrand)

Bertrand's Hand: Bayou, Bayou, City of Brass, Fireball, Lightning Bolt, Psionic Blast
In Play: Mox Sapphire, Volcanic Island

Turn #6 (Zak)

Zak's Hand: Armageddon, Howling Mine, Mana Drain, Old Man of the Sea, Power Sink, Regrowth, Tundra
In Play: Ivory Tower, Library of Alexandria

  • Upkeep: Gain 3 life from Ivory Tower (7 cards in hand)

Zak: 25; Bertrand: 20

Turn #7 (Bertrand)

Bertrand's Hand: Bayou, City of Brass, Fireball, Lightning Bolt, Psionic Blast, Whirling Dervish
In Play: Bayou, Mox Sapphire, Volcanic Island

--> Zak: Tap: Library of Alexandria to draw Timetwister

Turn #8 (Zak)

Zak's Hand: Armageddon, Howling Mine, Mana Drain, Old Man of the Sea, Power Sink, Regrowth, Stasis, Timetwister
In Play: Ivory Tower, Library of Alexandria, Tundra

  • Upkeep: Gain 4 life from Ivory Tower (8 cards in hand)

Zak: 29; Bertrand: 20

Turn #9 (Bertrand)

Bertrand's Hand: City of Brass, Fireball, Lightning Bolt, Lightning Bolt, Psionic Blast
In Play: Bayou, Bayou, Mox Sapphire, Volcanic Island, Whirling Dervish

-->Zak: Tap: Library of Alexandria to draw Mox Emerald

Zak: 28; Bertrand: 20

Turn #10 (Zak)

Zak's Hand: Howling Mine, Mana Drain, Mox Emerald, Old Man of the Sea, Power Sink, Regrowth, Stasis, Wrath of God
In Play: Ivory Tower, Library of Alexandria, Tundra

  • Upkeep: Gain 4 life from Ivory Tower (8 cards in hand)

Zak: 32; Bertrand: 20

-->Bertrand: Tap: City of Brass to cast Lightning Bolt on Old Man of the Sea (killing it) Bertrand suffers 1 damage from City of Brass

Zak: 32; Bertrand: 19

Turn #11 (Bertrand)

Bertrand's Hand: Fireball, Lightning Bolt, Psionic Blast
In Play: Bayou, Bayou, City of Brass, Kird Ape, Mox Sapphire, Volcanic Island, Whirling Dervish

Zak: 28; Bertrand: 19

Turn #12 (Zak)

Zak's Hand: Howling Mine, Ley Druid, Mana Drain, Power Sink, Regrowth, Stasis, Wrath of God
In Play: Ivory Tower, Library of Alexandria, Mox Emerald, Tropical Island, Tundra

Zak: 32; Bertrand: 19

Turn #13 (Bertrand)

Bertrand's Hand: Fireball, Lightning Bolt, Psionic Blast
In Play: Bayou, Bayou, City of Brass, Kird Ape, Mox Sapphire, Tropical Island, Volcanic Island, Whirling Dervish

  • Upkeep: Suffer 2 damage from Karma (for 2 Bayous)

Zak: 32; Bertrand: 17

Zak: 27; Bertrand: 17

Turn #14 (Zak)

Zak's Hand: Howling Mine, Ley Druid, Mana Drain, Power Sink, Regrowth, Stasis, Wrath of God
In Play: Ivory Tower, Karma, Library of Alexandria, Mox Emerald, Savannah, Tropical Island, Tundra

Zak: 31; Bertrand: 17

Turn #15 (Bertrand)

Bertrand's Hand: Fireball, Lightning Bolt, Psionic Blast
In Play: Bayou, Bayou, City of Brass, Mox Sapphire, Tropical Island, Volcanic Island

  • Upkeep: Suffer 2 damage from Karma (for 2 Bayous)

Zak: 31; Bertrand: 15

Turn #16 (Zak)

Zak's Hand: Ley Druid, Mana Drain, Power Sink, Regrowth, Reverse Damage, Stasis, Swords to Plowshares
In Play: Ivory Tower, Karma, Library of Alexandria, Mox Emerald, Savannah, Tropical Island, Tundra

Zak: 35; Bertrand: 15

Turn #17 (Bertrand)

Bertrand's Hand: Fireball, Lightning Bolt, Psionic Blast
In Play: Bayou, Bayou, City of Brass, Tropical Island, Tropical Island, Volcanic Island

  • Upkeep: Suffer 2 damage from Karma (for 2 Bayous)

Zak: 35; Bertrand: 13

-> Zak: Tap: Tundra & Tropical Island to cast Mana Drain on the casting of the Pixies The Pixies are countered

Turn #18 (Zak)

Zak's Hand: Ley Druid, Power Sink, Regrowth, Reverse Damage, Stasis, Swords to Plowshares
In Play: Ivory Tower, Karma, Library of Alexandria, Mox Emerald, Savannah, Savannah, Tropical Island, Tundra

  • Upkeep: Gain 2 life from Ivory Tower (6 cards in hand)

Zak: 35; Bertrand: 13

Zak: 35; Bertrand: 13

Turn #19 (Bertrand)

Bertrand's Hand: Fireball, Lightning Bolt, Psionic Blast
In Play: Bayou, Bayou, City of Brass, Tropical Island, Tropical Island, Volcanic Island

  • Upkeep: Suffer 2 damage from Karma (for 2 Bayous)

Zak: 35; Bertrand: 11

-> Zak: Tap: Tropical Island, Tundra, Mox Emerald, Savannah, Savannah & Savannah to cast Power Sink for 5 on the casting of Chain Lightning; Bertrand is unable to pay the 5 extra mana and the spell is countered. All land is tapped in accordance with Power Sink and Bertrand takes 1 damage from tapping City of Brass

Zak: 35; Bertrand: 10

Turn #20 (Zak)

Zak's Hand: Disenchant, Ley Druid, Regrowth, Reverse Damage, Stasis, Swords to Plowshares
In Play: Ivory Tower, Karma, Library of Alexandria, Mox Emerald, Savannah, Savannah, Savannah, Tropical Island, Tundra

  • Upkeep: Gain 2 life from Ivory Tower (6 cards in hand)

Zak: 37; Bertrand: 10

--> Bertrand concedes the game

Zak wins Third Duel

Zak wins World Championship!!!

Final Hands

Zak: Disenchant, Ley Druid, Power Sink, Recall, Reverse Damage, Swords to Plowshares Bertrand: Fireball, Lightning Bolt, Psionic Blast

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