I hear you Titus but, in my opinion, it is very important that Zak's deck won. I reckon it may even have helped MtG to be where it is today. It showed that the game had real depth, that it was intricate, with crazy interactions, combos, interesting lines of play & solutions. Zak's deck is hard to grasp, I can imagine all the noobs trying to figure out how the pile worked back then & failing miserably to win with it. All in all, I believe that Zak winning helped nursing the mystery around MtG and its infinite possibilities.
I agree with this completely. Magic was the wild, wild west back then. With relatively no internet then, the only thing you learned about Magic was self-taught or what had beaten you the previous day. Seeing a deck like Dolan's that had intertwining parts and tons of value plays, helped change the way we thought. We knew Ancestral and LoA and Control Magic's and STP's were good, but we didn't necessarily know why. Or if we did know why, it was because of some flashy play (LoA with Ivory Tower, or Regrowing Ancestral, or Plowing a giant Shivan Dragon), not as obvious (or important) were the small edge plays like refreshing your Sylvan Library with a Demonic, or killing an attacker with a Berserk. The average player wanted to play big and win big.
Granted, I think some of Dolan's cards are a little too Johnny for me (what's the point of Siren's Call if you already have them locked down with meekstone or stasis or Old man, no need to kill the creatures too), but Dolan also wanted every card to at least work with another card (Howling Mine-Icy, Time Elemental-Stasis, etc). He wanted hard locks. Magic didn't understand tempo or the value of soft locks back then.
I'll never forget incorporating STP into my early decks and being told to "never give an opponent life." In my mind clearing the board for multiple turns of attacking was worth it, but Magic was incredible short-sighted then. Almost every deck was completely different, and the small edges weren't as considered. At least for the average player.