Wrath of the Lich King Scourge Invasion of Orgrimmar
Location Orgrimmar
Result Scourge expelled from Orgrimmar. Creation of the Horde Expedition.
Commanders and leaders




Casualties and losses


  • Moderate


  • Heavy
Previous Battle for the Ebon Hold
Concurrent Scourge Invasion of Stormwind and Scourge Invasion of Theramore
Next Battle of Angrathar the Wrathgate

The mak'gora between Thrall and Garrosh.

The necropolises of the Scourge invading.

Part of the Scourge Invasion was fought in Orgrimmar.

The battle

Garrosh Hellscream, who was clearly displeased with warchief Thrall's lack of immediate action against the humans and the Scourge, challenged the latter to a duel (though Thrall had to force Garrosh by "insulting" his father).

When the two were dueling, the Scourge attacked the city forcing the two orc leaders to stop their duel and take up arms against the undead fiends. Backed by many adventurers, Orgrimmar Grunts,[1] Orgrimmar Defenders, and Lady Sylvanas Windrunner's skeletons [2] the Horde defended its capital, fighting tooth and nail. Despite the handicap of having no air forces, the Orgrimmar Defenders (despite many of their number being eaten by the frost wyrms) and the local adventurers who just returned from Outland, were able to take them down while the ground forces fought the abominations and death knights.

A moment later the Herald called back his forces, taunting the Horde to Northrend. After mopping up the few Scourge left, the warchief was forced to form and send the Horde Expedition towards Northrend, thus properly beginning the war against the Lich King.




Comic version of the battle

Comics title.png This section concerns content related to the Warcraft manga or comics.

Although the same event, the comic and the game show some differences:

  1. Rehgar Earthfury helped defend the city in the comic, but in game could not be found.
  2. In game, Varok Saurfang aided the Horde in the defense of the capital while in the comic he was not present,[3] but later Thrall ordered him to prepare for battle, meaning that he was in the battle but was not shown.[4]
  3. The death knights did not appear in game.
  4. Garrosh had the upper hand when battling Thrall in game, this is not the case in the comic.