Splitting Image

Splitting Image Card

Splitting Image is a 3 Mana Cost Epic Mage Spell card from the Rastakhan's Rumble set!

Card Text

Secret: When one of your minions is attacked, summon a copy of it.

Flavor Text

Sometimes you get punched so hard they see double.

Splitting Image Card Review

I always like seeing new Secrets, especially playable ones. The thing about Secrets is that they tend to be relatively weak if there is only one or two of them present in the meta. But the more possibilities you have, the more interesting things get. For example, playing against the current Secret Hunter deck actually makes you think what Secret he might have up each turn and playing around it – you don’t automatically assume that “oh, it has to be Wandering Monster, because he doesn’t play anything else”.

I really like this card, and I think that it has some potential. But one thing is sure – it doesn’t have a home right now. You don’t want to put it into Big Spell Mage, because it ruins your Dragon's Fury. You don’t want to put it in Tempo Mage, because you don’t play bigger minions. Elemental Mage is a possibility (you have some good targets to copy), but the problem is that you also run a lot of small tokens + you might not want to play spells because of Book of Specters.

The deck I would put it into is a more classic Control Mage, where you play a bunch of bigger minions as your win condition, and you can abuse this kind of effect. Because let’s be honest – who wouldn’t want to get a 3 mana copy of The Lich King, or just any other big Taunt against Aggro? You play it a turn before, then drop a Taunt – if it doesn’t get Silenced, then that’s game for the most part.

I’ll be closely looking at this card, as it has some potential, although it won’t likely see play until the rotation at least.

Card rating: 6/10

28 Comments

  1. Sm1ng
    November 27, 2018 at 10:36 am

    The summoned copy is of your minion before the attack deals damage, right?

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    • Lllllll
      November 27, 2018 at 12:59 pm

      Yes but it might not keep enhancements.

      Reply
      • DukeStarswisher
        November 29, 2018 at 7:48 am

        Board to board copies actually keep enhancements now after that one patch. Its only when a card goes backward in play zones that enhancements go away. (e.g. zola copy to hand, banker copy to deck)

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  2. Jed
    November 27, 2018 at 10:29 am

    A much more controllable mage secret.
    Good flavor all around, good card.

    5/5

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  3. Vincent
    November 27, 2018 at 9:14 am

    An insane card for a big minion / control deck. 5/5

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  4. Freedon
    November 27, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Strong addition to the mage secret repertoire, as like all half-decent secrets it forces people to play around it just because it exists, whether or not its actually being played.

    Focusing on the effect itself, its a decent one. If you drop a big minion, especially a hard or soft taunt, and your opponent has an efficient removal spell or effect, they would be likely to use it anyway rather than trade in a minion or several. If they don’t however, they going to struggle, and will seriously consider not trading at all. If the big minion you were looking to copy gets removed, you can still gain plenty of decent value by gaining a copy of anything worth 4+ mana with decent stats, on-board effect, or deathrattle, which you should have some control over.

    Needless to say it could find a place in any deck with at least a few medium-large minions included, so I think it will see play at some point, not to mention just generally increasing opponent’s anxiety levels and misplays.

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  5. fareh
    November 27, 2018 at 8:28 am

    So usefull, will be a staple in mage decks for sure…

    Control, combo, aggro, any deck could use this.

    Its like a preemptive molten reflection, could be used on empty board, love it… 5/5

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  6. GlosuuLang
    November 27, 2018 at 5:32 am

    This could have its moments. The idea is to drop this when you have no board, then next turn drop a Lich King or the like. I’m guessing this will not trigger if you have a full board?

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  7. jason
    November 26, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    much better than mirror image.

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    • 1Skyscale
      November 27, 2018 at 3:45 am

      If you need protection, not really.
      This card needs to be built around to be worth using. The enemy can also decide when to trigger it or use removal on the minion you want to copy, making the secret useless.
      Besides, it doesn’t fit into any current archetype nor does it fit into odd mage.
      Elemental mage has no need for this, as it would still prefer using the 2 staple secrets

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      • Tyramir
        November 27, 2018 at 6:38 am

        Control Mage. Drop with Doomsayer. Your opponent then needs to commit to dumping 14 damage into Doomsayers, or just going face and losing their board. Even more hilarious if they commit to killing a Doomsayer and can’t kill the second because they didn’t properly play around.

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        • Lllllll
          November 27, 2018 at 8:45 am

          Deal one damage to doomsayer and trigger effect. Then go face

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          • Lord Tyrone
            November 27, 2018 at 9:39 am

            Yea everyone knows those epic late game 1 attack minions.

          • Lllllll
            November 27, 2018 at 1:06 pm

            There are lots of ways to deal 1 damage and I’d rather even do 4 less face damage to trigger the effect so it doesn’t end up summoning a big minion with 6+ health.

      • Lllllll
        November 27, 2018 at 8:47 am

        This fits perfectly into tempo and can work in odd and most other archetypes.

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  8. Mockingstuffs
    November 26, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    Poor troll gets punched so hard his soul comes out.
    Cool card by the way, can go well with lich king or any taunt minions (if they aren’t killed by spell).

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  9. Ben
    November 26, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    Fav card in the set so far sick art and effect

    6/5

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  10. Lluadian
    November 26, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Rag, giant, lich those are the big boys…….. Now everyone is going to be teaching chief inspector

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    • Lllllll
      November 27, 2018 at 8:50 am

      Teching?

      Reply
  11. politzo
    November 26, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    minion mage is growing more and more and this card might vie a place in that deck. copy a lich king, mountain giant, ragnaros and its stupendous even copying something smaller isnt terrible like a small taunt or an elemental

    5/5 easy

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  12. Bajula
    November 26, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Would have been pretty good with Mana Wyrm…

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  13. January1979
    November 26, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    A lot like mirror image. You’re either getting a 1/2 firefly or a lich king, never in between. Much easier to play around than mirror so probably not as good as it looks. 3 stars, honestly might be too high.

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    • Piterno
      November 26, 2018 at 10:28 pm

      Did you read the card right? “When one of *your* minions is attacked” so there’s little play-around, if your opponent wants to trade and you have 1 massive minion this is summoning the same massive minion. It isn’t like a “When an enemy minion attacks, summon a copy of it” or something.

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    • Lllllll
      November 27, 2018 at 8:53 am

      Do you mean molten reflection?

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  14. Arachnofiend
    November 26, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    Oh joy, more mage secrets that you basically have to play into. “Is the secret Splitting Image or Counterspell? No way to tell until I lose the game on a 50/50.”

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    • Taznak
      November 27, 2018 at 4:38 am

      I mean, that’s how secrets work in Hearthstone. You have to think carefully and take calculated risks against them.

      I’m kind of surprised you’re complaining against Mage secrets, since pretty much no one plays any Mage secrets after the Mana Wyrm nerf killed Tempo Mage. If you’re going to complain about strong Secrets, the Hunter class is that way —>

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      • Lllllll
        November 27, 2018 at 9:00 am

        They might be strong ( I don’t see how mage isn’t equally as strong ) but more predictable and have less synergy ( like freezing and explosive trap ), whereas counter spell and most other mage secrets combo really well or confuse you if they just played one secret.

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  15. Piterno
    November 26, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    This is insane. It can copy your Rag or Lich King, for 3 mana! Good replacement for Explosive Runes which rotates soon.

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