A comparison of the meta games of the Grand Prixes in Hanau:

Please note, that I call every deck with at least 3 colors and less than 10 basics 'greedy'.

With Spoils:GP XI - 28th December 20121 Tendrils Oath

1 BUGw Aggro

1 RDW

1 WW

1 BUG Oath

1 RBGW Goodstuff

1 Jund

1 Ur-Control

*.. that's in strategies:*1 Mono-Red

1 Mono-White

3 Greedy Goodstuff

1 Greedy Control

1 Two-colored control

1 Greedy Combodeck

Decks with low non-basics count: 3

Greedy Decks with high non-basics count: 5

*Different Strategies:*6 (!!)

Total card statistics*Different cards total:*439

The most healthy meta, that i've ever seen in my life.

GP XII - 20th April 2013 1 BUGw Oath

1 GB Elves

1 4 Color Goodstuff (No Blue)

2 4 Color Goodstuff (No Red)

1 UR Control

1 5 Color Aggro

1 UW Control

*.. that's in strategies:*1 Two-colored Midrange

4 Greedy Goodstuff

1 Greedy Control

1 Two-colored ControlAggro

1 Two-colored Control

Decks with low non-basics count: 3

Greedy Decks with high non-basics count: 5

*Different Strategies:*5

Total card statistics*Different cards total:*359

With Free mulligans:GP XIII - 29th December 20133 Greedy 4 Color Midrange (No Blue)

1 Greedy Naya

1 Greedy Jund

2 UR Control

1 UB Reanimator

*.. that's in strategies:*5 Greedy Goodstuff

2 Two-colored Control

1 Two-colored Combo Control

Decks with low non-basics count: 3

Greedy Decks with high non-basics count: 5

*Different Strategies:*3

Total card statistics*Different cards total:*347

Conclusion:The fact that the majority of the succeeding decks are 'Greedy Goodstuff' Decks after the spoils mulligan clearly shows that the 'Free Mulligan' failed to solve the the problem why it was even proposed - to reduce the amount of 'Greedy Goodstuff' decks!

In fact, the meta with spoils had even less 'Greedy Goodstuff' decks. With 'Spoil mulligans' it was even possible to have success with a tribal and Mono-Colored decks, while the 'Free mulligan' we have with 'Greedy Goodstuff' and 'UR Control' two dominant strategies.

The fact that the total amount of different cards reduced even though many playable cards have been printed in the last editions also supports, that the meta is reducing.

Note, that red (and partly black) was really underrepresented in the GP XII, which usually reduces the amount of different played cards (of course the played cards reduce, if you look at only 3.8 colors instead of 5).

Even though is underrepresentation doesn't occure in GP XIII the amount of different played card is still lower.

Indepent if I like the new 'Free mulligan' or not - it degenerates the vivid meta the Highlander once had.

edit: Devided Mono-R and Mono-W into seperate strategy, moved Reanimator to another strategy.

edit: Seperated UR and UW.