WoW Archivist: Patch 2.0.3 — The first pre-expansion event

Players zerg the Dark Portal

WoW Archivist explores the secrets of World of Warcraft‘s past. What did the game look like years ago? Who is etched into WoW‘s history? What secrets does the game still hold?

Released on Jan. 7, 2007, patch 2.0.3 set the stage for WoW‘s very first expansion. One week later, The Burning Crusade officially went live. During that week, Blizzard unveiled the game’s first pre-expansion event, known as The Dark Portal Opens (or Highlord Kruul Unleashed in Europe).

While perhaps not as ambitious as later in-game events, the Dark Portal offered some memorable moments — and some valuable lessons for the game’s developers. Let’s take a look back!

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