Quote from Woody Elemental »Keeper was soon outclassed, though. Patrick Chapin, a little known pro at the time, showed up to GenCon. He played a deck called Miracle Gro, which pumped Quirion Dryad with cheap spells and was more efficient than Keeper. We played until 6 am the next morning and I think Patrick won every game. That was the end of Keeper for me.
Interesting, according to Menendian's School of Magic, Mono-Blue control was already on the rise vs. Keeper, as Back to Basics was also something of a house.
Patrick narrowly overcame a Saproling Burst/Goblin Bombardment deck in the first round, and lost to Zoo in the middle of the tournament, going 5-1 – enough to make the cut to Top 8. Also in the Top 8 was Matt Smith, once more, and Brian Cox, another Mono Blue Control player whom I lost to at Origins. Jeff Hegedus, who defeated Patrick in the Swiss with an unpowered Zoo deck, wrote a long and remarkable report. The Top 8 appears to have had at least 2 Mono Blue Control decks, 1 Grow, 1 Zoo, 1 Goblin-Sligh, and 1 Sligh, with the rest unknown, but likely more of the same.
There actually is a sort of lot of back and forth that went on between Chapin and other people taking about Type 1 at the time, most of which did not take Chapin or his ideas too serious. I can't really just copy and past the whole "book" but Menendian does do a pretty good job sourcing a lot of information.
Unfortunately, 2003 on are in a different book that I didn't buy.