Branching Paths

Branching Paths is a 4 Mana Cost Epic Druid Spell card from the Kobolds and Catacombs set!

Card Text

Choose Twice - Draw a card; Give your minions +1 Attack; Gain 6 Armor.

Flavor Text

Three paths diverged in a darkened hall, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And got eaten by a slime.

Branching Paths Additional Information

  1. You can choose the same option twice.
  2. This is the only Choose Twice card in the Kobolds and Catacombs set.

Branching Paths Options

Branching Paths Card Review

Even though Choose Twice is its own unique thing and doesn’t work with cards like Fandral Staghelm, it’s fascinating to watch Blizzard push the boundaries of mechanics. What’s particularly interesting about this card is the ability to choose the same option twice, increasing its already great versatility. It’s easy to compare this to other cards its modes can form, such as Greater Healing Potion when you choose 6 armor twice or Arcane Intellect/Nourish when you pick the card draw two times in a row, or Savage Roar. But I’m not too convinced this is the proper approach. Branching Paths is very obviously not nearly as good at doing what other cards already do, rather it provides you a slightly overpriced toolbox where you pay for the luxury of being able to make your custom card for the right situation, very reminiscent of how Kazakus‘ potions work.

Is that price worth it? As it turns out, it most often is. At the very least Branching Paths draws cards, so it can never be a bad card no matter what, and it only gets better from there. Depending on whether or not your deck might need its other modes on even a semi-regularly basis, this will determine whether you play this or something else for card draw specifically. It’s easy to imagine a controlling style of Druid deck (that perhaps summons large men?) which will want the armor and the draw, especially one that plays the Jasper Spellstone and is looking for efficient ways to upgrade it. Even though it is also an attack buff with versatility, aggressive decks are often not inclined to pay 4 mana when they can pay less, given that they only really want one of Branching Paths‘ effects and definitely don’t want one of them.

Card Review by Chimbarozo

Branching Paths Decks

These are the most recent decks that have featured Branching Paths in the last year.

Branching Paths Full Card Art

38 Comments

  1. Doom4u
    November 22, 2017 at 4:40 am

    This can simply draws you more consistence to your Big/Taunt/Jade Druids, gives you tempo against aggro and helps you with letal (i already saw some people running Mark of Lotus in these kind of decks).

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  2. Crxne
    November 22, 2017 at 12:15 am

    The card is good from the moment you can adapt your choices depending on the situation but the effects are weak for the cost : compare it to Shield Block for warrior, here you get 6 armor and draw a card for 4, so it’s weaker, the card is excellent with Fandral but i’m pretty sure that if it’s played, we will only run one Branching Paths; Whatever the card has a potential.

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  3. thetruthisinhereithink
    November 21, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Awesome arena card though

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  4. EPOCH
    November 21, 2017 at 3:52 am

    Good card, nothing more to say.

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  5. Crapcrack
    November 21, 2017 at 3:01 am

    Hmmm… Let’s see here.
    4 mana draw 2? Bad
    4 mana gain 12 armor? Pretty good
    4 mana give ur minions + 2 atk? Not good
    Summary: not a good card, i would definetly run Feral rage, Savage roar or Nourish over this card.

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    • Cuddler
      November 21, 2017 at 3:28 am

      This may not end up being a good card, but given how there are six possible options and how its versatility only costs one extra mana, it has potential. Yes, none of the options are truly unfair, but neither are any of the options absolutely unplayable.

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      • Crapcrack
        November 21, 2017 at 5:45 am

        I am aware of it’s flexibility, but Nourish is a better “flexibility” card since u can draw 3 cards or Ramp. Same with Feral rage.

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        • Cuddler
          November 21, 2017 at 3:55 pm

          This card isn’t necessarily better than either of those two other cards, but this can do stuff Nourish and Feral Rage cannot. Those things may not be mutually exclusive between those cards. However, this will likely be the best heal option once the former alternative rotates out.

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        • Pindead
          May 4, 2018 at 7:38 pm

          Uninstall the game. Telling shit as always.

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    • phantom
      November 21, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      your assessment is skewed.. you are looking at each part individually and counting it as the whole card.. feral rage only gives armor or attack.. 4 12 armor is better than 3 mana for 8.. also it could be 6 armor and a card draw.. savage roar only helps you when you have a board where this is more flexible. you could go 2 attack.. or you can draw or gain armor.. its not the one thing this can do but the combination of effects.. i mean 6 armor and a draw can save you in a close game.

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  6. Roberto
    November 21, 2017 at 2:22 am

    Am I the only one that thinks this card is meh?

    The only worth option i can think of is 4 mana 12 armor (like priest greater healing potion). All the other combinations have other cards that do the same thing better.
    +2/+0? Power of the wild/Mark of the lotus/Savage roar do it better for less mana
    Draw 2 card? for 4 mana is just BAD. Nourish draws 3 for just 1 more mana
    12 Armour the only good one, and it would be played in slow druids, not aggro.

    A mix of the 3 is even more meh……..
    The only pro I can give to this card is it’s flexibility……if you don’t know what is your gameplan…

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    • Roberto
      November 28, 2017 at 2:11 am

      BTW, the art should show 3 different paths, not 2

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  7. fandrel is op wtf??
    November 20, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    fandral be like: 4 mana draw 2 cards give your minnions +2 attack, gain 12 armour

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    • Cuddler
      November 20, 2017 at 7:05 pm

      Fandral doesn’t work that. Fandral says Choose One cards specifically.

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  8. MarmotMurloc
    November 20, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    More stuff for token druid? They shouldn’t have! They really, really shouldn’t have.
    Feels bad. Really bad. Especially for us poor midrange shamans…

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    • Cuddler
      November 20, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      Why would you play this over Savage Roar, Power of the Wild, and/or Mark of the Lotus though?

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      • MarmotMurloc
        November 20, 2017 at 8:24 pm

        I’m merely saying that the path ( see what I did there) has been opened to use this in conjunction with the other cards, perhaps in a slightly slower form of aggro druid. It could provide a buff and card draw, which would be good for aggro druid if they had board presence on turn 4! It might not be in all decks, but I’m sure some will test it out!

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      • HUNTAH
        November 20, 2017 at 11:59 pm

        Because savage roar, unless played on turn 6 with two of them, rarely is played on curve, making that 1 mana less of an issue. With the added option to instead draw 2 when you are out of resources makes this worth a try.

        That being said, I would say it wont run alongside savage roar. It is one or the other. Time will tell. An that is if aggro token is going to even be a deck in new meta.

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  9. sober667
    November 20, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    4 mana 2 cards- completly balanced buff attack by 2 – still balanced get 12 armour-still balanced

    Well realy balanced card
    ONLY if it does not work with Fandrall
    Otherwise is OP AS with all effeckts together

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    • Cuddler
      November 20, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      It doesn’t. Fandral says Choose One cards not Choose Twice cards.

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  10. hearthstone
    November 20, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    can you chose the same thing twice?

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    • D00mnoodle
      November 20, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      yes, this was confirmed on stream

      Reply
  11. Max
    November 20, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    This druid babysitting again. Release more op cards. Ultimate Infestation was to weak

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    • Cuddler
      November 20, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      How exactly is this OP?
      For one more mana, you could cast Nourish and draw an extra card instead with the extra versatility of maybe ramping up instead.
      For one less mana, you could cast Savage Roar instead and get a guaranteed two extra damage in since it would effect your hero.
      And gaining twelve armor for four mana is the equivalent of Priest’s Greater Healing Potion and as long as Feral Rage is in standard, that would be a better life gain option considering it is far more versatile during the early game.

      This does not give eight mana and three cards worth of value for only one card and eight mana as a Ultimate Infestation for four mana would do.

      Not to say this is not powerful. It’s power come from its versatility being in theory six different possible cards in one.

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  12. jamdough
    November 20, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks this cards fit in almost any Druid deck? You have at attack for aggro, armour for health and to upgrade your spell stone, and card draw to cycle

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    • D00mnoodle
      November 20, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      1 Attack is too little for aggro (unless it gives lethal) most likely they would just draw with it, if they even play it in the first place.

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      • af
        November 20, 2017 at 1:30 pm

        Its chooze twice so +2 attacks

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        • D00mnoodle
          November 20, 2017 at 1:36 pm

          yeah you’re right i’m dumb Xd

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  13. HUNTAH
    November 20, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    IMO it could replace savage roar in aggro token. Sure its 1 more mana and 2 less attacks for hero. But the option to draw 2 cards when the board is empty and you have two savage roars in hand could tip the scale. Also this is perma 2 attacks.

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    • Blimey
      November 20, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      Yea, that makes sense.

      For slower druid decks this card seems utterly pointless.
      In decks that run 2x UI (meaning every slower druid deck), a 4 mana spell with very situational effects is too clunky, especially when there are 1 mana cost equivalents if you really care about attack/armor choices; and it can’t really replace Nourish either.

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  14. D00mnoodle
    November 20, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    This card is very versatile, but all effects are severely overpriced, especially the Attack buff. However the draw and armor gain are descent and the versatility is a big plus. Might see play as a one of in some druid lists, and a two of in combo druids (wild aviana kun?) But i doubt it will be good enough.

    2/5

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    • January1979
      November 20, 2017 at 1:19 pm

      Did they happen to mention how this will interact with fandral???

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      • D00mnoodle
        November 20, 2017 at 1:26 pm

        No but it lets you choose from three options, so it probably won’t. They also said it is the only chose twice card so they wouldn’t change fandral for only one card.

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    • SimEgg
      November 20, 2017 at 2:10 pm

      Well 4 mana gain 12 armor is a good deal! So if you play it in a deck that wants it mainly as a heal card but with added flexibility I think it’s really good!

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      • D00mnoodle
        November 20, 2017 at 2:18 pm

        I’d run feral rage over that probably since it is removal as well and is cheaper (+ fandral synergy even though i don’t own fandral)

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        • phantom
          November 21, 2017 at 7:19 pm

          @D00mnoodle but remember this is draw and damage potential as well

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  15. af
    November 20, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    will it comvo with fandral? Not according to fandrals text…

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    • D00mnoodle
      November 20, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      This can’t work with fandral since you can choose from 3 options, and choose one works with choosing from 2 options. So there’s no way it’ll ever work, this will also be the only chose twice card so they wouldn’t change fandral for just one card.

      Reply

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