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Posted in NEWS on June 25, 2014

By Adam Prosak

From Friday Night Magic to the Pro Tour, Adam Prosak loves all types of tournament Magic. Currently, Adam is working in R&D as a developer.

Late last month, Mariah Pagliocco—a Seattle-area Magic player—was struck by a car while walking home from school.

At the StarCityGames Invitational, Ben Friedman declared that he was playing for Mariah and would donate all of his winnings from the tournament to her cause.

Fueled by Mariah's love of Pandas, Ben played a white-black deck to a 2nd-place finish, and a hefty donation toward Mariah's recovery.

This deck relies on the same ThoughtseizePack RatUnderworld Connections backbone that Mono-Black Devotion decks are built on. The major difference is the addition of a healthy amount of white cards to supplement the black disruption. Banishing Light is capable of taking out enchantments that would otherwise be difficult for Mono-Black to remove, while Obzedat, Ghost Council, and Elspeth, Sun's Champion, provide additional threats capable of winning the game without other help. One of the primary strengths of black-based midrange decks is that the threats are capable of winning games on their own and must be answered, card for card. Adding white strengthens this aspect of the deck.

You can read more about Mariah's story, here.

Ben Friedman's Black-White Midrange

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