The Ogre-Magi were originally a small band of extremely loyal Ogre enforcers, transformed by Gul'dan into scheming and
malicious sorcerers. By warping and twisting the Elf-magiks of the Runestone at Caer Darrow, Gul'dan was able to infuse
the magical abilities of long dead Warlocks into the bodies of these unsuspecting hosts. once hulking, simpletons, the
transformed Ogre-Magi can direct their death magiks as easily as their lesser cousins would deliver a crushing blow
to any foolish enough to stand in their path. The Ogre-Magi have also become extremely cunning and insidious - serving the Horde
only as they see fit.
Ogre-Mages are, arguably, the Orcs' most powerful unit. Even before they learn to use combat magic, they are very
effective in combat, able to stand up against the Human Alliance's knights and crush pesky Footmen in groups. Once your
Ogres are imbued with the power of the dead Warlocks' magiks, however, they are able to swat aside even Paladins with ease,
and reduce buildings to rubble in seconds. It is the Ogre-Mages' primal spells that really bring out the differences between
the philosophies of the Humans and the Orcs in battle.
Eye of Killrogg
The Ogre-Mage creates a free-floating apparition in the form of a disembodied Eye that he can direct through
the air to look down upon enemy forces and encampments. Named for the great leader of the Bleeding Hollow clan, this
ever vigilant Eye transmits its view to the caster, giving him the knowledge of both the lands it wanders and
those creatures who live there. The Eye will vanish after a time, leaving the Ogre-Mage with the knowledge of
This spell is a variation on the summoning and necromantic magiks used by the now vanquished Warlocks and Necromancers.
The "eye" is a physical object which can be destroyed by enemy arrows or cannon fire, but it is very fast. Over time, the
enchantment that holds the eye together fades away, and the spell will cause a harmless explosion as the eye vanishes.
The eye is, of course, intended to be used as a scout, but it can also be used to harass fleets of enemy destroyers by
maneuvering around them and drawing their fire. The Destroyers' shots will do damage to any units within the small explosive
radius, which can really annoy anyone foolish enough to leave their ships packed together too tightly.
Use the Eye of Killrogg to spot Submarines. It is very useful when your Juggernaughts are
being attacked by Submarines when you don't have a Goblin Zeppelin nearby to spot them..
While it takes quite a while for a Goblin Zeppelin to reach the Juggernaughts the fast speed of the
Eye of Killrogg can allow it to reach the Juggernaughts nearly instantly.
Use the Eye of Killrogg to quickly scan the Gold Mines on a map looking for enemy expansions.
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An Eye of Killrogg is used to make enemy Destroyers fire on each other as they try to hit the Eye of Killrogg. Each shot
hits air and sea targets. In one pass a Destroyer and Battleship is sunk. That is quite a good deal for only 70 mana.
The counter to this is to keep the ships separated or to click allies with the player using Eye of Killrogg so that
the ships will not fire on it.
Cost: 1000 Gold
Time to Upgrade: 100
This enchantment is used to instill an insatiable lust for blood into a fellow warrior, causing him to enter into a savage,
berserk rage. A fighter who feels this Bloodlust deals more damage to his opponents than normally could be done.
Bloodlust sends the target into a controlled frenzy. The subject feels fire is running through his/her veins, and is
capable of dealing much more damage than usual. A Bloodlusted unit has both its Basic Damage and its Piercing Damage
doubled for the duration of the spell, which makes the unit extremely effective against even the most heavily armored foe.
The bonus from weapon upgrades is also doubled.
For example, in a battle between an upgraded Paladin and an upgraded Ogre-Mage, both units will do 4-8 points of damage to
(8 Basic Damage - 8 Armor) + 8 Piercing Damage = 8 Max Damage
(see The Combat Equation for a detailed explanation)
If the Ogre-Mage is Bloodlusted, however, it will do
This is triple the amount that the Ogre-Mage was doing before! Even if a Human Mage casts Slow on the Ogre-Mage, halving
its attacks, it will still do 50% more damage than the Paladin does. A cube (9) Bloodlusted Ogres can tear through a much larger
force of Paladins, even if the Paladins are full of mana when they are attacked. It will only take an Ogre around 6 hits to
kill a Paladin, which means that the Human player had better be really fast with Healing.
An extremely effective way to rapidly Bloodlust a group of Ogre-Magi is to select the first Ogre in the group, hit the Bloodlust
hot-key ("B" in the American version), and double-click on the next Ogre. Hit "B" again, and double-click on the
next Ogre, etc. This will cast the spell on that Ogre, and then select it. This way, each Ogre casts the spell one time,
leaving it with 200 mana to either cast Bloodlust later on, or throw down some quick Runes. Once combat starts, try to mix
up which Ogres are casting spells so that no unit runs out of mana before the others.
Don't forget that any living unit can be Bloodlusted as well. Bloodlusted Trolls can do a little more damage than completely
upgraded Rangers, and with axe upgrades, Berserkers can do significantly more damage than their woodland rivals. Bloodlusted
Dragons are an intimidating sight, especially if they're also enchanted with the Haste spell.
Main Uses for Bloodlust:
Ogres - Ogres do triple the damage with Bloodlust.
Try to Avoid Bloodlusting During Battle
Dragons - Dragons do triple the damage with Bloodlust.
Axe Throwers - Bloodlusted Axe Throwers can easily take on large groups of Gryphons.
Death Knights - Bloodlusted Death Knights can fight Gryphons and easily take down buildings.
Peons - for a laugh.
When you stop to cast Bloodlust your are missing hits on the enemy. Try if possible to use an Ogre-Mage behind the
front lines or on the way to the front to cast Bloodlust rather than the ones already engaged in combat to avoid
wasting hits. Try also to cast Bloodlust before the enemy reaches you.
Invading By Sea With Bloodlusted Ogres
Sometimes you get into a situation where you need to invade someone and you can't
really Bloodlust on their shore. So what you do is find the place closest to their
island. Get your Ogres together, cast Bloodlust on them and load them into the Transport.
Quickly move the Transport over to the enemy and unload.
The Bloodlust sound can be a giveaway to the enemy. The enemy will often charge when they hear the sound,
Blizzard you or Bloodlust their own Ogres or something else.
Try to Bloodlust away from the enemy a little way away from the enemy if possible if this worries you.
But this will shorten the length the Bloodlust is on because you have further to walk but
sometimes this is necessary to avoid being attacked before Bloodlust can be cast. If the enemy has
nothing to stop you, this is not a concern.
Cost: 1000 Gold
Time to Upgrade: 150
The exact nature of the Runes used by Ogre-Magi is unknown to the Humans, but their effect is obvious: anyone straying into
the area warded by the Runes is struck by a fiery explosion capable of killing or injuring the hardiest unit. Each "Rune"
consists of 5 distinct points, each of which will explode only once. The Runes are also indiscriminate-any unit, friend or
foe, that runs over them will be affected. Only flying units are immune to the effects. Since the Runes "float" on top of
water, they are pretty good against enemy ships, especially transports.
Using Runes: Runes lays 5 land mines. Each land mine does exactly
50 hit points of damage. On the slowest game speed
setting, Runes lasts about 2 minutes. Then the Runes disappear.
Also, the Runes blink about every 15 seconds so that you can see
The simplest use of Runes is to cast them on the ground between enemy Peasants/Peons and the mine
that they are working in. The runes are instantly fatal to the lowly units, and if your opponent has enough peasants/peons
working he/she won't be able to pull them away in time to save more than a few. Doing this a few times will not only cripple
your opponent's production, but will probably force him/her to pull some units back to guard the mine. This gives you a better
opportunity to send a wave of Bloodlusted Ogres crashing into town.
Another devious use of Runes involves using an Ogre Mage and a Death Knight together. The Ogre-Mage casts Runes on the ground
between the Death Knight and some enemy troops, then the Death Knight casts Death and Decay on the enemy units. The troops
will rush the Death Knight, and run right into the Runes. Obviously, the more Ogre-Mages you have available to saturate the
ground with Runes, the more effective this tactic is.
Runes Are Good For Defense
Runes are good for preventing incoming attacks. When you know someone is sending a group
of ground forces wait until they are almost on your Ogre-Mages then cast Runes right in front of them. You can kill and
damage a lot of enemy units before you engage them.
Cast Runes Around Units Standing Still
The group will have to stand still until the Runes wear off or risk being destroyed. Combine with Death and Decay
and the enemy will have to suicide against the Runes or die to Death and Decay.
Cast Runes around an enemy and attack them with 1 Axe Thrower. The
enemy will all charge killing themselves on the Runes. This my be difficult to set up, but when it happens it's
Defend Against Goblin Sappers and Demolition Squads
Runes are a great defense against Demolition Squads and just about
everything. If you see a Demolition Squad coming cast Runes in front of them.
Get Those Mages
Use Runes when chasing Mages. Cast runes in front of them and they will walk right into them and die.
Don't Let Them Escape!
Use Runes to destroy a retreating army. Cast Runes in front of the
retreating army and they will run right into them! Instant Death.
Don't Run Over Your Own Runes
When you cast Runes, make sure you don't run over them yourself. It can easily happen.
Casting Runes Over Objects Means Less Runes
When you cast runes on a space that is occupied by someone or
something, the runes which were supposed to appear in that space will
not appear. What happens is the rune does not appear in the occupied
space. The runes that would make up the 5 runes, appear around the
object. So you can cast runes on a guy, but they will appear around the
unit. You will get less runes for your magic.
If you cast on a unit, the center Rune does not appear
however, you do not loose the magic for that particular Rune. The total cost
is 40 mana per Rune. If you only can cast 4 Runes, you only loose 160 magic points.
You can use this to recharge Runes that have exploded provided that you cast the Runes on *exactly* the same
position. It will only cost you 40 magic per Rune you replace.
Recasting Runes and Rune Timers
Each Rune is on its own expiration "timer". If you cast
onto group of Runes that have some missing, you will replace the missing
ones; however, the original ones will disappear in the same time they
would have. The new ones will last as long as they normally would.
Runes Work On Water... Sort of...
Sometimes you can get lucky casting Runes in the path of oncoming ships and Transports.
Quite often they can pass through them or go around them however.
Cast Runes on Units Unloading From a Transport
The units will be forced to reenter the Transport and leave or be damaged by the Runes. Combine with
Death and Decay for even more fun.
Cast Runes Around Unit Creation Spots
Cast Runes right where the opponent unit will come out of the building
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