World Champion Decks 2002 Theme Decks


Carlos Romão

The letter R!omão'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 Mana Black Mana Nightscape Familiar
4 U 1 Mana Blue Mana Black Mana Psychatog
3 U 1 Mana Black Mana Chainers Edict
3 U 2 Mana Blue Mana Circular Logic
4 C Blue Mana Blue Mana Counterspell
3 R 2 Mana Blue Mana Cunning Wish
3 C 3 Mana Blue Mana Deep Analysis
3 U 3 Mana Blue Mana Fact or Fiction
3 C 1 Mana Blue Mana Memory Lapse
4 C 2 Mana Blue Mana Repulse
2 R 4 Mana Blue Mana Blue Mana Upheaval
1 C Black Mana Coffin Purge
4 C Black Mana Duress
1 U 3 Mana Blue Mana Fact or Fiction
1 U 1 Mana Blue Mana Gainsay
3 C Black Mana Ghastly Demise
1 U 2 Mana Blue Mana Hibernation
1 R 2 Mana Blue Mana Mana Short
1 C 1 Mana Blue Mana Black Mana Recoil
1 U 2 Mana Black Mana Slay
1 R 1 Mana Blue Mana Teferis Response

* = from a previous set


Brian Kibler

The letter K!ibler'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 Mana Green Mana White Mana Anurid Brushhopper
4 R Green Mana Birds of Paradise
4 U 3 Mana Red Mana Flametongue Kavu
3 R 3 Mana White Mana White Mana Glory
3 C Green Mana Llanowar Elves
4 U 2 Mana Green Mana Green Mana Phantom Centaur
4 C 1 Mana Green Mana Wild Mongrel
4 R 2 Mana Green Mana Call of the Herd
3 U 1 Mana Red Mana // 1 ManaBlue Mana Fire/Ice
3 R 1 Mana Green Mana Living Wish
2 U Green Mana // White Mana Wax/Wane
1 R City of Brass
1 R 4 Mana Green Mana Genesis
2 R 4 Mana White Mana Global Ruin
1 R 3 Mana White Mana White Mana Glory
1 R 2 Mana White Mana Intrepid Hero
1 R 5 Mana Green Mana White Mana Phantom Nishoba
3 U 1 Mana White Mana Reprisal
2 U Red Mana Green Mana Simoon
1 R Green Mana Sylvan Safekeeper
1 U 2 Mana Green Mana Thornscape Battlemage
1 U 2 Mana Red Mana Thunderscape Battlemage

* = from a previous set


Raphael Levy

The letter L!evy'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 Mana Green Mana Genesis
4 U Green Mana Nimble Mongoose
3 U 1 Mana Green Mana Setons Scout
4 C 1 Mana Green Mana Werebear
4 C 1 Mana Green Mana Wild Mongrel
4 U 3 Mana Blue Mana Wonder
4 U X Mana Blue Mana Breakthrough
4 C Blue Mana Careful Study
4 C Blue Mana Mental Note
4 U 6 Mana Green Mana Roar of the Wurm
1 C 2 Mana Blue Mana Rushing River
4 U 1 Mana Green Mana Compost
3 U Blue Mana Disrupt
3 U 2 Mana Green Mana Green Mana Phantom Centaur
2 C 1 Mana White Mana Ray of Revelation
2 C 2 Mana Blue Mana Repulse
1 C 2 Mana Blue Mana Rushing River

* = from a previous set


Sim Han How

The letter H!an 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 Mana Red Mana Flametongue Kavu
3 C Green Mana Llanowar Elves
4 U 1 Mana Blue Mana Merfolk Looter
3 U 2 Mana Green Mana Green Mana Phantom Centaur
4 C 1 Mana Green Mana Wild Mongrel
4 U 2 Mana Blue Mana Circular Logic
3 C 3 Mana Blue Mana Deep Analysis
3 U 1 Mana Red Mana // 1 ManaBlue Mana Fire/Ice
4 R 2 Mana Blue Mana Blue Mana Opposition
3 U 1 Mana Green Mana Green Mana Squirrel Nest
1 U 3 Mana Red Mana Flametongue Kavu
3 U 1 Mana Blue Mana Gainsay
3 U 1 Mana Blue Mana Quiet Speculation
2 C 1 Mana White Mana Ray of Revelation
4 U 6 Mana Green Mana Roar of the Wurm
2 U Red Mana Green Mana Simoon

* = from a previous set


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