Splitting Axe

Splitting Axe Card

Splitting Axe is a 4 Mana Cost Epic Shaman Weapon card from the Saviors of Uldum set!

Card Text

Battlecry:ย Summon copies of your Totems.

Flavor Text

The ancient shaman chant, "Control Axe, Control Vee."

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  1. ZerefZepher
    July 29, 2019 at 1:36 am

    Really good to combo with nightmare amalgam, but that’s too inconsistent. Copying basic totems, manatide, or flametongue are too situational or just bad. The shaman legendary has to be a totem, and a good one at that, for this to be even remotely considered. Not that good with battlecry shaman either. 1/5

  2. JustYourAveragePayToWin
    July 25, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Totem Shaman sucks. 2/5

  3. ReliusRemyRezar
    July 24, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Hahaha prove me wrong, blizzard i dare you to make me die by a lot of understated cards… wait i play mostly rogue, i am the master of understated costy cards.

  4. EksSkellybur
    July 23, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    The biggest problem is that we tried Tokens, and the only Token Synergy that Shaman loved was a 2 Mana 3/4 that gave you an Overload. There will be some more creativity into this, such as having Bosses using this card for Totem Shaman Reasons.

    One Synergy that I would give out, however, is “10 Mana 12/16”, where you make 4 Copies of Nightmare Alamgam, and sure It does sound nice but… Why try and pull off that combo, when you can always play Token Druid? I don’t think they would try and pull this off for even 4 EVIL Totems, Which is a shame, because people love the people of what Lackeys could pull off.

    So pretty much, whatever Splitting Axe tried to pull off, Token Druid can do it better. 1 Star. If anyone knows a legit synergy, and not just for the sake of memes like the “4 EVIL Totems start” that I gave out, I’ll be impressed.

  5. Jed
    July 23, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Itโ€™s a card.

  6. Drbedspread
    July 23, 2019 at 10:30 am

    Sad to see everyone ignoring the past and going “totems don’t do anything”, until they see the deck running bloodlust or potentially totem buffs in this set. Usually when you see a card around a particular mechanic you’ll see at least several more within the same set.

    • Gameroid07
      July 23, 2019 at 7:22 pm

      Well they said similar things with freeze shaman so I cant help but hold out until the end to have any kind of hope for this

      • Drbedspread
        July 24, 2019 at 6:59 am

        Yes and no, freeze shaman was a mechanic that wasn’t tested until that point and was shown later to be a failure. The meta has seen the horrors of totem shaman in the past, in fact it was a T1 deck at one point.

  7. Piterno
    July 23, 2019 at 10:08 am

    I guess the point of this is EVIL Totem and the quest reward. When you play this after using the hero power you can get 3 lackeys that turn. Downside: It’s only a 3/2 weapon for 4.

  8. Orasha
    July 23, 2019 at 8:18 am

    The only thing this Axe is splitting is my sides. Arguably even worse the Desert Obelisk, since at least you can build meme combos around that one.

  9. Omnitarian
    July 23, 2019 at 7:29 am

    They really need something like Treespeaker for totems, cuz spamming totems does little other than clog your board.

    Even if youโ€™re gunning to use this with Bloodlust or Storm Bringer, I can think of better ways for Shaman to make tokens for that.

    • Drbedspread
      July 23, 2019 at 10:27 am

      Yeah totems don’t do anything, says the guy right before getting his face punched by a bloodlust.

      • Omnitarian
        July 23, 2019 at 2:22 pm

        You need to have 3 totems on board to make this as good as simply playing Microtech Controller, Explodinator, or Hench-Clan Hag, which is a HUGE order. Even if you pull it off, this card is worse cuz those token cards put more attack on board by default.

        • Drbedspread
          July 23, 2019 at 5:08 pm

          That’s assuming there’s no totem buffs printed. Just because one card might be slightly better in certain decks doesn’t make it bad. I have yet to ever see any of those three cards played in shaman competitively. Given enough support this card could be super nasty, especially if the following turn is followed up with say double bloodlust; and the average player clearly underestimates what can be done with totems. We’ve seen totem decks in the past that was a t1 deck, so the mechanics are clearly capable of working.

  10. Sonriks6
    July 23, 2019 at 6:42 am

    You need at least 2 totems on board to play sure this weapon and this situation is not common. 2/5.

  11. Taznak
    July 23, 2019 at 5:40 am

    The combo with Nightmare Amalgam is strong. Outside of that, this card is fairly weak and needs more support. 2/5

  12. KubanaHAFANANA
    July 23, 2019 at 5:03 am

    But… what the fuck would I need them for? :O
    It’s currently the worst hero power in the game ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. CD001
    July 23, 2019 at 4:25 am

    With every expansion there’s always 1 epic I pack over and over again – I think I’ve just discovered which it will be this time around…

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      July 23, 2019 at 5:22 am
      • Lluadian
        July 23, 2019 at 8:05 am

        Obelisk you could at least build a strategy around this card is rather bad without specific scenarios. If had out amalgam that’s at least 2 3/4s you would want at least 2 totems out before using this if had a totem cruncher. Another option is lackey totem to get 2 Lackeys when end turn.

        Overall have to wait and see if get any other totem support but I’m pretty sure most shamans are going to be running that quest.

  14. Lluadian
    July 23, 2019 at 3:27 am

    Well this isn’t to bad there’s some totems for this. The new lackey totem with this makes so drawing it late isn’t so bad anymore. Use this also clone amalgam you also have totem crusher who would gains 2/2 for all of those totems killed just two totems on the board would make an 8 Mana 10/11 taunt with a 3/2 weapon. You also have the totem golem if took this to wild. Overall shaman has had bad cards for token synergy but this isn’t to bad with combos. The real issue is have totems stick to the board now when get cards like this.

  15. Hgisop
    July 23, 2019 at 3:09 am

    play nightmare amalgram on turn 3 then play this on turn 4?

  16. Kanapesh
    July 23, 2019 at 3:01 am

    T2 EVIL Totem
    T3 Mana Tide Totem
    T4 this

    Doesn’t look to awful

  17. Thraben
    July 23, 2019 at 2:43 am

    Honestly I feel like they should just drop the whole totem crap stuff.. I know it’s thematically very imoortant to Shaman but c’mon.. has this ever worked? This is another one of those cards that has a pretty powerful effect but ends up taking room from shaman cards cause there isn’t enough support for them.

    Heh.. play this and two serpent wards and that’s 11 damage to face like wow! Will this ever work though? No.

    I’d actually love if the new obelisk was a totem lol, would make for a great meme deck I guess

    • GrayFoxx
      July 23, 2019 at 2:57 am

      Yea and not forget about that guy that summoned Alakir if you had all four basic totems. If this would be at least 3 mana and I could play it in Baku Wild totem deck, but no… also will hate to pull this from packs instead of other epics.

      This should be: After you attack summon all four basic totems to combo off with that guy on turn 5 lol.

    • ActualWaterfowl
      July 23, 2019 at 3:39 am

      It has worked, back in The Grand Tournament. Witch Doctor, Thunderbluff Valiant, and Primal Fusion were the core of a totem shaman deck. Not saying this card will successfully push a similar archetype, just providing perspective.

      • CD001
        July 23, 2019 at 4:21 am

        That deck also had support from Tunnel Trog and Totem Golem giving one of the most oppressive openers in HS history ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Branock
    July 23, 2019 at 2:42 am

    Too bad for now , maybe if they putt some new totem , totem is the only class without a legendary , it will be awesome if this was for this expansion

  19. Axeliloadi
    July 23, 2019 at 2:37 am

    It feels like this card hints about a new strong totem card coming this expansion

  20. Thrombin
    July 23, 2019 at 2:12 am

    Even Shaman is my favourite wild deck this just ramped itโ€™s power ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      July 23, 2019 at 2:26 am

      Did it, though? I imagine it would be hard to fit in Wild, and adding extra Basic totems to the board might unnecessarily flood it if you aren’t careful so you won’t have board space for other stuff.

      I honestly think that it’s too weak for Wild Even Shaman. Maybe when Flametongue was still there, but now it’s a questionable. Right now Totem Golem is the only thing you want to copy, and you only run two so you don’t always drop them before T4, and it can also die before you play Axe. And even if you pull it off, it’s not a game-winning play, it’s just a better Arathi Weaponsmith. Copying Basic Totems is not great, because you don’t have that much pay-off for them (e.g. no Bloodlust).

      • Thrombin
        July 29, 2019 at 2:59 am

        A lot of the synergies in Even Shaman depend on multiple totems: Dranei Totemcarver, Thing from Below, plus the Sea Giants, of course. Plus doubling up a spell-power totem would work great with Maelstrom or your burn spells. I agree, board space can be an issue but it could also be really useful for rebuilding a wide board after an AOE and the weapon itself helps with the board control. Worth a try, I think.