Since their greatest strength comes from their flexibility, it's impossible to discuss midrange decks without the context of sideboard. and its respective properties are © 1996 Kazuki Takahashi © 2017 NAS • TV Tokyo.Privacy Policy • Terms of Service. Up to this point, I've emphasized the importance of creatures playing defense in a midrange deck. Modern Courser of Kruphix can sit in play holding off weenie creatures while also giving you long-run card advantage and a healthy bit of lifegain. It has a healthy number of creatures, but it also emphasizes answer cards, mana development, and resilient noncreature threats. Look at Siege Rhino. Take a look at the decks currently dominating tournaments and divide them out by strategy: aggro, control, midrange, and combo. How do their wrath effects get rid of creatures? 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.[1][2]. Is the metagame favoring one of these more than another? Midrange decks are adaptable in part because their individual cards are versatile—they have a range of uses for a range of possible scenarios. Beyond that, every creature in the deck has a noncombat ability that's useful in a long game. Its strategy is based neither on speed nor longevity, but on grinding small advantages and setting up a winning board state. Don't be afraid to make mistakes, to experiment, to fail, and to try again. Aggro decks want to attack; control decks want to defend. Dark Confidant is the central carryover from Jund to straight B/R. Perhaps the most defining characteristic of midrange decks is their flexibility. Current Standard has some interesting options in terms of discard. It can finish off an opponent’s hand or kill whatever threat they have on the board (pairing well with the other cheap removal spells), making it a formidable threat for a low cost in just about every matchup. However, in the context of an Abzan Midrange deck (with Siege Rhinos, Wingmate Rocs, and other Planeswalkers to compliment her), Nissa represents a threat that could easily be too much for an opposing control deck. This step is less about your general plan of attack and more about the elegant sledgehammer I mentioned earlier. 2x Gaddock Teeg. Third, and perhaps most important, they're aiming to play a slightly longer game and therefore get tremendous long-term value out of activating their Planeswalkers every turn. 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