First of all, I’d like to assure you that by no means was I calling anything out as more harmful than others. I was simply watching the VOD and thought of this thread. It was merely an example of a Songhai Burn game where Songhai did (I believe) 20 damage in a single turn with just spells (could have gone up to 22 if the general had attacked). The issue with that is that I could not think or a way it could have been prevented in that game.
The argument is not that one is more harmful than another, the argument is that both are equally terrible for the game. ‘You can’t call out Burnhorn as being bad and then being fine with Songhai’ was the argument, I believe. Both are bad for the game, in my particular opinion.
So in that regard I think we agree, neither are good for the game. (And my particular dislike for Burnhorn is hopefully known as well, mainly for how it just doesn’t fit the damn faction). I think most people participating in this thread are passionate about the game and would like it to be the best possible version it could be.
The game you’re referring to can be found in the same VOD (11min 44 seconds - 19min 34 seconds, I assume?).
Side-note (not going to over-analyze this but just giving my impressions of the game):
Indeed, Starhorn won that game, though I would not say as out of nowhere as in the other match. A Decimus was planted and responded to, then you very skillfully removed all the threats while also hurting Starhorn’s face. The Decimus + Spike combo was 9 damage (with BBS being 11) but it also brought Starhorn down to 4hp himself. It was also way later in the game than the particular combo of the other game.
Let me be absolutely clear in that I think both styles of out-of-hand are patently ridiculous and are bad for the game, but it seems to me that there is slightly more counter-play to Burnhorn since it requires to have a minion out on the board (able to be placed, etc…) and you need to have a certain amount of hitpoints (i.e. more than 3). Still though, you’re right in that they’re both not good for the game.