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 Gruul 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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