It's the auto resolve. Special abilities like impale, cleave, gust of wind, ignys fire breath, and now (I know this thanks to you) crushing blow, are bugged in auto resolve.
The main problem is that area of effect becomes glitched for these abilities. Crushing blow gets range. For most of the others, they hit ALL enemies, not just those in area of effect.
Also, impale seems (cleave too, I think) to do a lot more damage than it should. Gust of wind does damage - it shouldn't.
Part of the risk of auto resolve, at least until this gets fixed.
I'll post a link to the thread where this was discussed.