|Blue-Black Dark Depths||25|
|Black-Green Dark Depths||6|
|Red-Green-Blue Scapeshift Control||2|
|Bant with Helix||1|
|White-Black Dark Depths||1|
|Faeries / Next Level Blue||1|
|Meddling Naya Zoo||1|
|Seismic Assault Control||1|
|Trinket Mage Control||1|
|Tooth and Nail||1|
|Green-Blue Tooth and Nail||1|
|Green-White-Red Scapeshift Control||1|
The runner-up in the popularity contest caught many off guard, however, with Dredge in full force at 51 decks. Ravenous Trap, a new Dredge hate card from Zendikar, promises to give those 51 players one more headaches on the weekend, but the power of the Dredge deck's draw engine can't be denied. Next Level Blue was the most popular control deck, with Tarmogoyf still a favorite win condition when backed by Ancestral Vision, Cryptic Command, Mana Leak, and Engineered Explosives.
The combo of Dark Depths and Vampire Hexmage drew a lot of attention headed into the Pro Tour, and it has turned out to be wildly successful amongst some of the best play groups in the world. Twenty-five players opted to run the deck in its blue-black form, with a smattering of additional players running black-green versions to utilize Scapeshift and/or Into the North. Whether the hype can stand up to some ten rounds of Extended play will be determined this weekend.
Of course, there are a host of unique choices outside the top five. A crew of pros including Dave Williams, Mark Herberholz, and Patrick Chapin (amongst others) are playing an innovative Next Level Blue style deck featuring Grove of the Burnwillows and Punishing Fire.
A number of other competitors, drawn by the power of Emeria, the Sky Ruin, have opted to attempt Martyr of Sands strategies; the powerful 1/1 life-gain engine could prove a solid choice in a format where many archetypes are attempting to deal exactly or almost exactly 20 damage.
Which decks will rule the weekend? Tune in all Pro Tour long for all the action here on magicthegathering.com!