In Clash Royale, the executioner throws his axe and it comes back like a boomerang. This guy does 140 damage as he throws his axe and another 140 damage as his axe comes back. He has less health than a bowler and has about the same health as an Ice Golem. He can do up to a 1000 damage to a tower.
He makes quick work of swarm units and eliminates them with one throw. It is a good strategy to use an Executioner with a giant or another tank. This prevents you opponent from being able to defend their tower. The Executioner resets the attacks of small units like the Mini Pekka, Hog Rider or Musketeer. You need to, however, time it well or else if these units are attacking a tower the outcome will be the same. The Executioner can take down a balloon with the help of a tower, but not without the balloon landing on the tower. You’re going to need either a fireball or rocket when the balloon is with a tank in order to get rid of it with an executioner. That’s how unique the cards are in Clash Royale.
How to Counter the Executioner
If the Executioner is alone then the barbarians will be enough to take him down, but they lose almost half their health. You can also use the ice wizard to take down the Executioner; even though he does not survive you still have a positive Elixir trade. The Mini Pekka can also take down the executioner with two hits and you get another positive Elixir trade. The best way to deal with the Executioner, perhaps, is to distract him with an Ice Golem as the tower takes him out. You can also distract the Executioner with a building as the tower deals with him and as the building also does damage to him. It’s interesting how different combinations of cards are used in ways that they were not originally intended in Clash Royale.