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@Hrishi Yeah. I mean, that's the theory anyway. A lot of time not though. Frank Singel just took down just such a tourney with Mono-red. Before that Ben Perry got there with the Monte Deck I mentioned. The dichotomous layout of the meta seems a little bit like a self-fulfilling prophecy to me. I simply wonder why more folks aren't interested in a deck that says... "You know what, I'm gonna go 50/50 with blue and just rip artifacts a new one."
20 decks in a tourney, 6 Shops, 2 Eldrazi, 1 Oath, 10 other blue decks and then you. (That's just going by the macroscopic data. I'm sure there is a card shop on the Atlantic Coast somewhere, in which you could find 10 Shops decks in a field of 20) If you play 6 matches on the day, you'll play 3 against blue 2.5 against Shops, and .5 against something else... roughly. Assuming that the tourney pairs winning decks together for ensuing rounds, and assuming that the inbread blue decks tend to lose to Shops, then you might actually see more Shops on the day.
A deck that can go 50/50 against blue and crush shops looks pretty good in that environment. If you can win early in the tourney against a couple tempo mentor decks, you likely take home some nice prize money. Interestingly, a deck that is 50/50 against Shops and crushes blue (I think the creation of this deck is actually much hard though) would also be a killer deck in these tourneys.