Known as the "King of the Grand Prix", Kai Budde earned an unprecedented three Grand Prix titles in 1999. Though he went only 4-2 during the Swiss portion of the World Championships, he cruised through the Final 8 to become the 1999 World Champion. The 19-year-old Koln, Germany native played a red-artifact deck that contained more than 30 artifacts. He used those artifacts to quickly generate huge amounts of mana, with which he could play a big creature like Masticore or Covetous Dragon. He would then finish his opponent with a well-timed Wildfire.