It was never any secret that black midrange would be a popular strategy in Dominaria United Standard. After all, black midrange was great in the old format, and many of the staple cards survived rotation. Just as importantly, many of the most exciting cards from the new set fall inside the color black!
The part that wasn’t as obvious was what would prove to be the best version of black midrange. In writing my first Power Rankings piece, two trends appeared.
The first was that if you picked up a reasonable shell of black midrange cards across any color combination, you had a good chance of being successful.
The second was that the simpler and more consistent the version, the better it seemed to perform. The two decks that seemed the best to me were plain old Rakdos Midrange, and the deck I’ll cover today: Mono-Black Midrange.