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Cleave(81) Gold.png
Set: Legacy
Type: Spell
Class: Warrior
Rarity: Free
Cost: 2 Mana icon.png
Abilities: Deal damage
Tags: Random
Artist: Phroilan Gardner

Deal 2 damage to two random enemy minions.

Hey you two…could you stand next to each other for a second…

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Cleave is a warrior spell card, inducted into the Legacy set, formerly from the Basic set.

Other versions[edit | edit source]

How to get[edit | edit source]

Two copies of regular and golden Cleave are automatically given after the player completes the Ranked's New player experience system, unlocking Wild and Classic format.

They are uncraftable and cannot be crafted or disenchanted.

Previous availability[edit | edit source]

Prior Year of the Gryphon's rotation on March 30, 2021:

  • Two copies of Cleave were a reward for raising a warrior to level 2.
  • Two Golden copies of Cleave were a reward for raising a warrior to levels 40 and 42.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Cleave can be cast and will function if there is only one enemy minion on the board. The enemy minion takes 2 damage.
  • Cleave deals damage to both affected minions before queuing and resolving triggers.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Cleave is a relatively inexpensive area of effect (AoE) card with two caveats. You cannot choose which targets to attack.

In the right conditions, Cleave can be very effective for removing low health minions or lowering their health to vulnerable levels. Ideally used against precisely two minions, allowing the warrior to be certain of the spell's targets.

Lore[edit | edit source]

"Two bodies are better than one."

Cleave is a warrior ability from World of Warcraft. It is a melee attack that instantly deals a small amount of damage to the target and one additional nearby target. Cleave plays the role of a multi-target 'rage dump', allowing the warrior to burn off their excess rage using the ability, rather than simply wasting it. As such, Cleave is an inefficient attack, but is not on the global cooldown, allowing it to be used in-between other attacks in the warrior's rotation. Heroic Strike is a single-target alternative to Cleave, and is preferable for use on single targets.

This card has a similar function and shares artwork with the Cleave ability seen in the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The artwork for this card comes from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game "Heroes of Azeroth" series, depicting the spell Cleave.
  • As of Patch, multi-target cards are eligible to be played even if there is only one viable target on the board. Previously, multi-target cards were ineligible to be played if there were less than two viable targets.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Cleave, full art

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