You're taking that post out of context. mirrislegend asked about Surgical and I responded saying that I didn't view getting Surgical'd against Jeskai and BGx as game over because I'm boarding into a real beatdown plan with Trackers, Mystic Enforcer, and Gideon AoZ.Quote from Emberflux »Quote from AcademyRuins »Sorry, I shouldn't say that we don't rely on comboing. I meant that as in we try and have a beatdown plan that's equally viable or better to the combo plan. Against Jeskai and BGx we board around 4 or so value cards in like Tracker, Voice, Gideon etc and oftentimes they Surgical us but it's far from game over since we aren't putting all our eggs in the combo basket anyway.Quote from mirrislegend »When do we have a real beatdown plan? When do we not rely on winning with the combo? I've never found a situation where this happens.Quote from AcademyRuins »I meant that getting Surgical'd is okay when we have a real beatdown plan since we don't rely on winning with the combo anyway.
However, my board plan against Phoenix is decidedly risky since they have Surgical. However I do not see the beatdown plan as being a viable option against them since their threats fly and evacuate our board. Maybe we could try and board in Paths and prioritize using the back half of Incubation, but since they mainly just interact with removal instead of removal + discard or counters I'm happier trying to play around Surgical and not try and beat them down.
Our beatdown plan is a joke. 12 0 power creatures and nothing is over 2 power except a couple shalai and a few flipped duskwatches. Also most of our creatures are really bad on their own.
I'll be the first to agree our game one beatdown plan is all but nonexistent.
Yet another reason I don't like sideboard guides (: Not only do I honestly not have the reps in against Burn to really say for certain how I'll board everytime, but there's many ways to think about how to position yourself in the matchup.Quote from Shwivle »
It seems like AcademyRuins leaves in the Lunges v Burn which is good when the opponent has a hand with little interaction, but my instinct is to board them out due to the obvious life loss. Especially if they see the card game one a savvy Burn player will not expose himself to getting combo'ed if he has the option. I have definitely not tested the matchup enough to know what is exactly correct though, I'm just giving my opinion