1996 World Championship deck

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The 1996 World Championship deck is famous for two reasons; first because the deck was used to win a world championship, second because its champion was playing with a handicap. Because Tom Chanpheng forgot to register the 4 Adarkar Wastes in his deck list, he was forced by judges to play with regular Plains instead, thus rendering his Sleight of Minds useless.

Tom Chanpheng - 1996 World Championship  
1 Kjeldoran Outpost
4 Mishra's Factory
15 Plains
4 Strip Mine

4 Order of Leitbur
4 Order of the White Shield
2 Phyrexian War Beast
4 Savannah Lions
2 Serra Angel
4 White Knight

1 Lodestone Bauble
1 Zuran Orb
1 Land Tax

4 Disenchant
1 Reinforcements
1 Reprisal
1 Sleight of Mind
4 Swords to Plowshares

1 Armageddon
1 Balance
2 Arenson's Aura
1 Black Vise
4 Divine Offering
1 Energy Storm
1 Exile
1 Kjeldoran Outpost
1 Reprisal
2 Serrated Arrows
1 Sleight of Mind
1 Spirit Link

"Blank card handicap"[edit | edit source]

The creation of the "blank card handicap" originates from when the Tom Chanpheng won the title of World Champion while playing with a handicap.

Note that Chanpeng's winning deck included no sources of blue mana, though it features Sleight of Mind. This stems from an error in his submitted decklist. He was forced to use Plains in lieu of the 4 Adarkar Wastes he had planned to include.

This victory was the cause why some players started using the "blank card handicap".

The use of blank cards in deck construction is not widespread because of the skills it takes to design a deck with dead cards, but some people prefer to design decks with about 6-12 dead cards and test them against various top decks. When satisfactory results have been achieved the player using the handicap knows that they can beat specific decks despite the handicap. The dead cards may then be replaced by useful cards that can deal with less popular decks.

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