Midrange decks are aggressive decks that flip the standard aggro-control deck archetype by attempting to control the early game, then going aggressive with large creatures in the mid to late game. Midrange typically features very few creatures in the 1-2 CMC range and instead tries to win with creatures in the 3-6 mana range while casting aggressive removal, board sweep, discard, and ramp cards in the early game.
A typical midrange deck plays either green/red or Jund colors, as these colors provide the most options for aggressive creatures and aggressive removal. When the Tarkir block was standard legal, Abzan midrange became a popular deck archetype.
Ryan Leverone placed 6th at Grand Prix Atlantic City in 2013 with this deck:
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