However, nine of these decks deserve special attetnion. Instead of Charbelcher they run Food Chain. Originally a Your Move Games deck, it was leaked to the general public. The theory is simple: Turn one Recruiter via Chrome Mox, Turn two Food Chain, sacrifice the Recruiter, cast and sacrifice another goblin, then start making and sacrificing Ringleaders, until you can bowl your opponent over with Piledrivers and friends. Even without the element of surprise, nine of its players are in Day 2. Imagine if it had stayed under wraps.
Some of Europe's best minds are behind this dark horse, and are quietly tearing up the tournament. The combo itself is obvious, two cards that give you lethal damage. Adding in various tutors, Tinkers, and fast mana and you get a consistent package that packs a knockout punch. Gabriel Nassif is cautious of his success, though, noting that a few of his wins have been real flukes. Still, eleven decks. That's a lot of proof.
Dr. Teeth just won't stay dead. Largely thought to be too slow for the format, he picked up the same Chrome Mox that everyone else did, and ran the disruption game. You have to figure that in a field of combo-style decks that the man with the power to say "No" at the right times will be the man on top when it's all done.
Chrome Mox and Dragon's Breath. With faster mana meaning a more reliable turn one Hermit Druid and not having to play mountain to support Anger, the explosive combo of Pro Tour - Houston just got a shot of high-octane. The loss of Entomb is only tangential.
The Rock: 7
Here's another slow disruptive deck, but this one relies heavily on the twin guns of Duress and Cabal Therapy. Pernicious Deed gives it a sweet reset button, but all of these can be pro-actively handled by Chalice of the Void. The modern Godfather of Rock, Jeroen Remie, made a canny last-minute decision to board four Phyrexian Negators, and they've seen play in almost every mach.
Scepter Oath: 6
Whether piloted by YMG'ers or those who looted their vault, there's no mistaking the prowess of this deck. Everyone's been talking about the possible abuses of Isochron Scepter, and here's a build that has a sickness for any opponent. Gobvantage? Moment's Peace on a stick. Tinker? Endless Naturalize. If you're not sure, why not start with Counterspell? Backing that up is the Cogniv-Oath skeleton. As a plus, Krosan Reclamation can wreak havoc on Goblin Recruiter. So what if you're playing Oath in a format with few creatures?
George W. Bosh: 5
Generic Red Deck: 3
The Rest: 8
A strange mixture that includes Mono Brown, Turboland, White Weenie, Blue-White Weenie, Draco-Explosion, Blue-Green Madness, as well as others.