The Mak'gora (also written as mak'gora or Mak'Gora) means "duel of honor" and is an orcish custom whereby someone may challenge a superior for leadership. This ritual is commonly associated with the position of Horde Warchief, but it can apply to a group of any size, and is practiced by ogre clans as well.
- Each participant is allowed one weapon.
- A blessing of this weapon by a shaman of their choosing is permitted, but not required.
- Body armor is forbidden.
- Each participant must have at least one witness.
- If both participants refuse to fight one another, they are banished from the clan.
- Traditionally, it is to the death, but under Warchief Thrall's rule it became a non-lethal combat, similiar to Warsong's Mak'Rogahn. Participants can choose to forgo this change. However, even when operating under the old rules, the victor can choose to spare the loser's life, though it's considered a grave insult.
- Issued by Fenris Wolfbrother to Garad. Garad called Fenris a coward for secretly hunting gronn with the Thunderlord clan. Garad defeated Fenris, but would not kill his own son. Insulted by being spared, Fenris left the Frostwolf clan and joined the Thunderlords. It is possible that this holds true for the main universe.
- Issued by to Blackhand the Destroyer, calling Blackhand a traitor who had sold their people into servitude to dark forces. Orgrim won with a blow that crushed Blackhand's skull, taking control of the Blackrock clan and the Horde at the end of the First War.
- Issued by to . The duel, in the modern way, was interrupted when the Scourge invaded Orgrimmar.
- Issued by to Garrosh Hellscream, who requested it to be a traditional duel. Garrosh chose Magatha Grimtotem to bless Gorehowl, who secretly applied poison to the blade. Cairne died when the poison prevented him from avoiding the axe. Because of the use of poison, Garrosh felt that Magatha cheated him out of a real victory.
- Issued by to . Ashra did not understand or care what Mak'gora entailed and just wanted a martial challenge to see who was truly fit to lead. Ashra lost but Shagara did not kill him.
- Issued by to Durotan. Ga'nar believed that Durotan was not handling the Frostwolf Orcs as well as he should have been, and challenged his brother in the middle of the Horde Garrison. Durotan and Draka defused the situation, and Ga'nar backed down.
- Issued by Thrall to Garrosh Hellscream. Garrosh lost and was killed by Thrall.
- are twin brothers who were each unwilling to slay the other in Mak'gora and were banished from their clan.
- Issued by to , but the latter refused as the opponent wasn't an ogre. Instead, Malus's companion, the ogre , challenged the King in Malus's stead, yet Malus chose to be Throgg's champion and fight. Gordok died and Malus became new King Gordok, leader of the Dire Maul Gordunni clan.
- threatened to challenge with Mak'gora if his objection to Garrosh's use of molten giants against Northwatch Hold was meant as an insult. Baine diffused the situation by stating he only spoke out of concern that abusing the elements in such a way may lead to another Cataclysm.
- wished to engage in a mak'gora against in the aftermath of the Alliance-Horde war. The deposed warchief stood accused of war crimes against Azeroth, to be judged in a courtroom presided over by the August Celestials. Saurfang believed Garrosh's earnest love for his people had earned him a right to an orcish mak'gora — in defeat, a death at Saurfang's hands; in victory, the chance to repent. Although Garrosh was not given a death penalty by the Celestials, he escaped before Saurfang's challenge could be revisited.
- Popular belief among the fanbase is that Thrall cheated in his final mak'gora against Garrosh when he used elemental magic but nowhere is magic even mentioned in the rules, and was, in fact, used in the mak'gora between and Ashra.
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- ^ Ultimate Visual Guide
- ^ Hellscream
- ^ Sean Copeland on Twitter (2014-08-25)
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- ^ a b World of Warcraft: Traveler, pg. 320-322
- ^ Blackrock Foundry Adventure Guide: .
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- ^ Blood Ledger
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- ^ Rosenberg, Aaron. Tides of Darkness, 34. ISBN 1416539905.
- ^ (Nagrand Finale Cinematic)
- ^ World of Warcraft: Traveler, chapter 32 & 33
- ^ Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War, 173-5 (ebook).
- ^ War Crimes