Rend Blackhand

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Rend Blackhand
Rend Blackhand(14438).png
Rend Blackhand(14438) Gold.png
Set: Blackrock Mountain
Type: Minion
Rarity: Legendary
Cost: 7
Attack: 8
Health: 4
Abilities: Battlecry, Destroy
Tags: Dragon-related, Hand-related, Rarity-related, Targeted

Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, destroy a Legendary minion.

Rend believes he is the True Warchief of the Horde and he keeps editing the wikipedia page for "Warchief of the Horde" to include his picture.

See this card on Hearthpwn

For the boss of the same name, see Rend Blackhand (boss)

Rend Blackhand is a legendary neutral minion card, from the Blackrock Mountain set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Regular Rend Blackhand is obtained by completing the Blackrock Spire wing of Blackrock Mountain.

As a Wild format card, both regular and golden versions of Rend Blackhand can also be crafted for the following amounts:

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Rend Blackhand 1600 400
Golden Rend Blackhand 3200 1600

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Rend's Battlecry allows the player to destroy a legendary minion, provided there is one on the board. It will not target or destroy a Lord Jaraxxus hero, but can destroy the Lord Jaraxxus minion, such as when copied through Mirror Entity or put into play by Voidcaller.[1]
  • Rend's Battlecry works like all other non-specific Battlecries.[2] This means that it must be used if possible. As a result, if the only legendary minion on the board when it is played is your own, that minion will be destroyed.[3] If there are no legendary minions on the board, the Battlecry will have no effect.[4] Rend cannot target himself, although he can target other Rends.[4]
  • "holding a Dragon" refers to whether the player currently has a Dragon minion in their hand.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Note that the successful activation of Rend's effect will signal to the opponent that you have at least one Dragon in your hand. While the number of Dragons, and which specific Dragon cards, will not be revealed, an experienced opponent may be able to deduce the likely candidates.

This card fills a niche for destroying legendary minions with 6 or less Attack, with Big Game Hunter able to target minions with 7 or higher Attack.

You can target your own Sylvanas Windrunner if you want to control your opponent's big minion without lowering its Health.

If the player has no Dragon to activate its Battlecry, this minion becomes costly and ineffective, although given the right conditions its high Attack can still be effective in a pinch. Be aware though that playing it with no Dragon will also highlight the player's lack of Dragons to the opponent.

In Arena this card has a very low priority. His cost is too high for his low health of 4, and the effect will almost never go off due to a lack of Dragons combined with the rarity of legendary minions.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Summon
We are the true Horde!
Attack
Hahahahahahahahaha!

Lore[edit | edit source]

In Blackrock Mountain[edit | edit source]

The Blackrock clan of orcs is led by the fearsome Rend Blackhand. You might be asking yourself, “What kind of name is Rend?” to which we’d answer, “His brother’s name is Maim, so. . . .” Yeah, they’re that kind of family. True to form, Rend is kind of a jerk, and wants to overthrow Thrall and take control of the Horde so he can spread his version of family values across the face of Azeroth. With Nefarian’s help, Rend and the Blackrock orcs gained the upper hand over the Dark Iron dwarves that once occupied the spire. Now, Rend’s warriors serve as troops and guards while everyone else hangs out and hatches evil schemes (and sometimes dragon eggs). Tired of powerful heroes and minions cluttering up your opponent’s board? Rend can help.[5]

In World of Warcraft[edit | edit source]

From Wowpedia:

Dal'rend Blackhand, commonly known as Rend, is the Warchief of the Dark Horde and is considered to be a great threat to Thrall's leadership of the Horde. Rend is the bloodthirsty son of the former Warchief of the Horde, Blackhand the Destroyer. He believes that he is the rightful Warchief of the Horde due to lineage, and seeks to overthrow Thrall. To this end, he has allied the forces of the Dark Horde with Nefarian. The two have used their combined resources to re-create the chromatic dragonflight, which they hope to unleash upon the world once again. His mount is a massive chromatic drake named Gyth.
Draenor
Rend and his brother and sister had a short childhood due to the warlocks' aging of children, but unlike other orc parents Blackhand was happy to put forward his children first for artificial aging. After 'coming of age' Rend served with the other members of the First Horde in the fight to exterminate the Draenei. After the Siege of Telmor, Durotan was offered the city as reward for leading the raid on it. When Durotan turned it down, Blackhand and his family were more than happy to take Telmor as their own, even going so far as wearing the clothes and sleeping in the beds of the Draenei they had killed. This ended when the whole of the Orcish Horde was moved to Hellfire Citadel to better carry out the orders of Blackhand. After this, Rend alongside Maim accompanied Blackhand into Blade's Edge, where an alliance of ogres and orcs was made. Eventually, both sons drank the blood of Mannoroth.
Second War
During the Second War, Rend served as lieutenant to Warchief Orgrim Doomhammer. He and his brother Maim often questioned Doomhammer's orders, as Orgrim killed Blackhand the Destroyer and took his place as Warchief but never disobeyed any order. However, Orgrim allowed the insubordination because the two brothers were leaders of the powerful Black Tooth Grin clan. Doomhammer ordered Rend to gather his army and freed Zul'jin from Hillsbrad. Rend was successful and later he and his brother were amongst the army who attacked Quel’Thalas.
During the siege of the Capital City of Lordaeron, Rend was ordered by Doomhammer to have his clan break off and chase after the traitorous Gul'dan, who had taken to the sea in search of the Eye of Sargeras. He and his army battled against Cho'gall, but once they learned that Gul'dan had perished within the Tomb of Sargeras they returned to Doomhammer.
Rend and Maim later personally fought Turalyon at the Dark Portal, only to flee when it became evident that the paladin had the upper hand. Rend and Maim took control of the remaining Blackrock orcs and began to rebuild the Horde at Blackrock Spire.
About two years later, the Dark Portal reopened and emissaries from Ner'zhul, led by Teron Gorefiend, were immediately sent to Rend and Main asking them to rejoin the Horde, and to ask to borrow the red dragons held captive by the allied Dragonmaw clan. Rend only laughed and refused. Not only did he call Ner'zhul a coward for staying safe in Draenor while he fought the Alliance with Orgrim Doomhammer, but that Ner'zhul will fail in time. Unable to enter an agreement, Teron left the warchief to his bidding.
Not long after, Nefarian, sent by Deathwing, came to Blackrock Spire and took control of the Blackhand brothers and the forces under their control.
Rend was eventually dispatched by adventurers seeking to overthrow Nefarian.

Voice[edit | edit source]

Rend was voiced by Darin De Paul, who also voiced cards including Grobbulus, Grim Patron and Baron Geddon.

Artist[edit | edit source]

Alex Horley Orlandelli

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Rend Blackhand, full art
Rend Blackhand in World of Warcraft

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2015-03-06). 
  2. Zeriyah on Twitter. (2015-03-06). 
  3. Zeriyah on Twitter. (2015-03-06). 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Zeriyah on Twitter. (2015-03-06). 
  5. Blackrock Mountain – The Towering Heights of Blackrock Spire. (2015-03-17). 
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