A mix of twelve -- all twelve! -- Temples; and splashing green for only Kiora, the Crashing Wave main deck (though obviously getting some value out of Mistcutter Hydra and some other cards out of the sideboard), Saito's deck combines card selection, the typical Azorius-centered control elements, and pure power to the format.
Well, you're happy you saw this Tweet; because otherwise you would have been quite a bit more confused and helpless than you already were going into Game Two.
For your part you are a "Mono" Black Devotion deck splashing for Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver, a la Tamas Glied (and for those keeping score at home, the subject of last week's pair of articles).
That's just what happens sometimes when you are the deck full of Devour Flesh and the opponent's one creature is AEtherling. You just drew too much conditional removal and not enough in-match relevant disruption against his Planeswalkers and especially Sphinx's Revelation.
With its permission and non-creature threats (versus your creatures and fairly thin Game One Thoughtseize set) the Saito Bant deck just has the better ability to "play the control" while your Duress trio is waiting somewhere else. He can go Detention Sphere into whatever kind of permanent you can post; and Dissolve is quite the stop sign during the middle turns.
So anyway... Heroes lost the first.
You declare yourself to be on the play (unsurprisingly)... But are greeted with a pair of no-land hands.
So not only are you down a card naturally, you're starting on five.
The main reasons around this being that you plan to run out Ashiok here; ergo not attack with the Mutavault on the next turn; and if you're going to tap out for Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver you can save yourself two life.
(Presumably the same Island we saw with our Thoughtseize.)
On our turn we draw a basic Swamp.
This week we are asking for a two-part answer:
1. Per the asterisk, would you have taken Detention Sphere? (yes, no, maybe why)
2. Play turn three.
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