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A power-mad and tactically brilliant weaponmaster, Blackhand has both the ambition to rule and the cruelty to maintain his hold on the conquered. Under his leadership, the bold orcs of the Blackrock clan arm an entire world with the strength of steel. Blackrock slaves labor whip-crack to whip-crack on frightful siege engines—weapons that will inevitably be turned against the slaves’ families, neighbors, and homes.
- Blizzard description
HordeNPC 32Blackhand
Title The Destroyer, Fearsome Leader of the Orcs, Warchief of the Horde
Gender Male
Race(s) Orc
Character class Warrior, Raider
Affiliation Shadow Council
Orcish Horde
Sythegore Arm

Warlords-Logo-Small Iron Horde

Blackrock clan
Position Warchief of the Horde, Chieftain of the Blackrock clan
Location Warlords-Logo-Small Gorgrond
Status Deceased (Original timeline)
Warlords-Logo-Small Deceased (Alternate timeline)
Relative(s) Urukal (mate), Rend and Maim (sons), Griselda (daughter, disowned)

Blackhand the Destroyer was the Warchief of the Horde during the First War between Stormwind and the Horde.

Biography Edit

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A Raider of the Sythegore Arm, and one of the most respected warriors in the Horde, Blackhand became the renowned chieftain of the powerful Blackrock clan on Draenor. Known as a tactical genius and a ruthless dictator who demanded respect from his warriors, his ego and lust for power made him very easy to manipulate — a fact which Gul'dan discovered very quickly. Through political manipulation and by stoking the embers of Blackhand's ego, Gul'dan was able to convince the Blackrock chieftain that he was a respected equal in the warlock's dark scheme, both the public leader of the Horde and a member of the secret Shadow Council; he was in fact merely a means to an end for the evil warlock.

Blackhand eagerly offered all of his shamans, cut off by the spirits for waging their demon-incited war against the draenei, to become the first Horde warlocks. In order to increase the number of warriors the Horde would be able to field against the draenei, Blackhand even had his own children's ages accelerated, making them battle-ready. With popular support — no doubt manipulated by Gul'dan — Blackhand was elected Warchief of the newly formed Horde, but kept in line with Gul'dan's objectives through subtle bribery and outright blackmail. Commanding from the Hellfire Citadel, Blackhand directed the later campaigns against the draenei, including the invasion of Shattrath City.

Blackhand also dueled Durotan once after he found out, through Gul'dan, that Durotan had sheltered one of the draenei Blackhand had captured that had escaped. The duel ended with a draw after the draenei ran off and Blackhand left with a grudge.

Leading the Horde through the Dark Portal after defeating the draenei, Blackhand conducted the entire war effort against the Kingdom of Stormwind in what became known as the First War. Though Stormwind eventually fell, Blackhand was left vulnerable when Gul'dan fell into a coma after attempting to steal information pertaining to the Tomb of Sargeras from the mind of Medivh. Seizing the opportunity provided by the powerful warlock's incapacitation, Blackhand's second-in-command, Orgrim Doomhammer — later known as the Backstabber for the deed he was about to commit — decided to seize power from the puppet Warchief, hoping he could lead his wayward people from the path they had taken. Leading loyalist troops in a surprise attack, Doomhammer defeated Blackhand and cut his head from his shoulders, becoming both Warchief and Chieftain of the Blackrock.

Blackhand’s Fang Edit

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Dozens of these throwing axes were given as marks of honor from Blackhand the Destroyer to worthy members of the Blackrock clan he ruled. Orgrim Doomhammer earned his first while a member of the clan, then seized a brace of four more from Blackhand himself when Doomhammer murdered the Destroyer to usurp the position of Warchief. A short haft of black wood with four alternating silver and crimson bands is topped by a curved, tooth-like blade of polished steel.S&L 164

World of Warcraft Edit

Burning Crusade Edit

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The Horde's king piece in Karazhan's Chess event takes the form of Blackhand.

Warlords of Draenor Edit

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Blackhand Fan art

Blackhand Fan art

Blackhand the Destroyer makes an appearance in the fifth expansion to World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, where he is the brutal leader of old, ruling over the Blackrock clan as its Chieftain. Those under his command include, Broxigar Saurfang, Varok Saurfang, Eitrigg, and Orgrim Doomhammer. He forges the weapons for all of the Iron Horde and does so from his throne in Gorgrond.

In the alternate timeline, Blackhand and his clan were the first to join the Iron Horde that was formed by Grommash Hellscream and Garrosh Hellscream, the mysterious prophet who came from the original timeline. Given the detailed schematics, Blackhand marshaled as many Blackrock orcs to industrialize warfare on a colossal scale against their enemies. He also led battalions of orcs, ogres, and gronn, and infused the powers of flame. Ever since he joined the Iron Horde, he became very a brilliant weaponmaster, but revealed much of his cruelty to maintain his hold on the world of Draenor.

During the Assault on the Dark Portal, Blackhand was stationed at the Blackrock Quarry where he ordered his clan to prevent the Alliance and Horde forces from moving forward. Their attempts failed, and the whole quarry was flooded. Later, he alongside Grommash Hellscream, Ner'zhul, Kilrogg Deadeye, and Kargath Bladefist were standing on a cliff where they watched the Dark Portal crumble by the Alliance and Horde forces.

Later on, Blackhand led the siege of Shattrath with Orgrim Doomhammer as his second. However, when Orgrim refused to kill innocents and accused Blackhand of burning Draenor, Blackhand was furious of Orgrim's betrayal and immediately kills him. This act angered Durotan, who with the help of Yrel and Maraad, confront him on the deck of one of his ships. During the fight, Blackhand killed Maraad and then briefly tortured Durotan. He then grabbed Yrel by the throat, assuming she could easily be defeated. However, Yrel managed to heal Durotan's injuries, and he tossed his axe to the paladin, who then cleaved Blackhand's shoulder. Screaming in pain, Blackhand vowed that they would all perish. Yrel warned him that he would be the only one who would fall, and then Khadgar teleported her and Durotan off the ship. The Alliance cannon tore the ship to shreds in a spectacular explosion. Blackhand managed to dodge a few blasts as he ran to jump from the ship, but the Alliance forces were led to believe that Blackhand was consumed in the flames. However, he managed to escape death, and fled back to Blackrock Foundry to continue his work for the Iron Horde, and await any hero daring enough to challenge him.

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Orgrim Doomhammer kills Blackhand

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Preceded by:
None, Gul'dan (as leader not Warchief)
Warchief of the Horde
Succeeded by:
Orgrim Doomhammer
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Chieftain of the Blackrock Clan
Succeeded by:
Orgrim Doomhammer
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Ruler of the Blackrock Spire
Succeeded by:
Orgrim Doomhammer
Preceded by:
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Chieftain of the Blackrock Clan Warlords-Logo-Small
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