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Blackhand cover
Cover artwork
Author(s) Robert Brooks
Artist(s) Alex Horley
Pages 10
Publisher(s) Blizzard Entertainment
Publication date October 10, 2014
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This article contains lore taken from the Warcraft manga or comics.

Blackhand is a comic published digitally by Blizzard Entertainment as a tie-in for the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor expansion.


A master tactician, Blackhand has never been one to shy away from battle. No matter what enemies the Blackrock orcs face, he has always identified a weakness to take advantage of, and used it to lead his clan to victory. His strength, tenacity, and cunning are legendary among Draenor’s orc warlords.

But even the best strategists can only do so much when outnumbered and overwhelmed. When ogres attack the Blackrock clan's domain, Blackhand exploits every advantage he can think of and finds he’s still unable to turn the tide of battle. With his warriors pitted against impossible odds, Blackhand has to look for aid in truly unexpected places. Will the price of the Blackrock clan’s survival end up being too high?[1]



  • While it was originally unspecified whether or not Blackhand was canonical for the main universe Blackhand and not just the alternate version,[2][3] the story has since been confirmed as canon for the main universe as well, as the events of the comic are recounted in the story of the Inv mace 1h doomhammer [Doomhammer] in World of Warcraft: Legion.[4] This notion was previously supported by Khadgar's claim that he had heard legends about Blackhand sacrificing his hand to the elements,[5] as well as the description of the Doomhammer artifact on the official site, which matched the events of Blackhand.[6] The events of the comic were also mentioned in the "Doomhammer" episode of Azeroth Armory.
    • The topic was again opened following the release of World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2. Its artwork depicted Blackhand as similar to his design in the Warcraft movie, with full hair and a tattooed black hand instead of a stone one. Matt Burns explained that Blizzard had ultimately decided to move away from Blackhand's Warlords of Draenor design and backstory; the main universe Blackhand still helped Orgrim retrieve the Doomhammer, but he was not consumed by fire.[7][8]




  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Micky Neilson on Twitter: "Currently not specified, as far as I'm aware."
  3. ^ Micky Neilson on Twitter: "Unspecified at this time."
  4. ^ Words of Wind and Earth
  5. ^ N [100R] Blackhand's Secret
  6. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2015-10-23. Legion: Shaman Artifact Reveal. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2016-02-27.​ “Forged in elemental lava on the orc homeworld of Draenor, this massive hammer is connected deeply with the elements, and its true power is only awakened in the hands of those who can speak to the elements in kind.
  7. ^ Matt Burns on Twitter (2017-03-11). Retrieved on 2017-03-16.​ “Yeah that was something we ultimately decided to go away from in Chronicle. Not to say he didn't help Orgrim get the--
  8. ^ Matt Burns on Twitter (2017-03-11). Retrieved on 2017-03-16.​ “--hammer back, but just the stuff related to him being "consumed" in fire.

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