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1. The Pro Tour metagame exceeded your expectations.
Todd Anderson: Fact. While the overall metagame was roughly what I thought it would be, the Top 8 showed a diverse set of archetypes, which is ideal moving forward. While the bulk of the tournament featured Attune with Aether (over 50%, if I'm not mistaken), it is always nice to see people being rewarded for innovation.
While an Attune with Aether deck ultimately won the tournament, it wasn't in the same deck that most people expected. Temur Energy has been the quiet bogeyman of the format since Huey Jensen used it to win the World Championship just a few weeks ago, but I don't think its reign will continue much longer. There are losts of viable archetypes to choose from, and many of them seem to have a reasonable matchup against the monster that is Temur Energy.
The biggest takeaway from the tournament is that, even though Temur Energy is very good at morphing into a control, aggro, or midrange depending on the matchup, those plans aren't always good enough to get the job done. And I, for one, am very happy about that fact.
Ross Merriam: Fiction. We all knew that Temur Energy variants and Ramunap Red would be far and away the most-played decks. I was aware that there were some different aggressive decks emerging like Mardu Vehicles, Mono-Black Aggro, and B/R Aggro that would be bit players in the tournament, and I expected some control to be present.
That's essentially what happened, with Mono-White Vampires (which isn't really that Vampire-y) being the only real surprise deck. From my expectations, control underperformed and the top decks remain the top decks moving forward with very little change.
Even for a tournament played well into the life cycle of a format, that's a disappointment, even if the metagame mostly met expectation. We're all used to Pro Tours being sources of innovation and driving the metagame forward, and while its placement on the calendar meant this Pro Tour would struggle to live up to that, I still expected more, or at the very least hoped for it.