The Dark Portal (cinematic)
The Dark Portal is the cinematic intro for World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade.
The Dark Portal reactivates, fading from blue to green. It then cuts to a draenei paladin, Vindicator Maraad, flipping through a libram and blessing himself, followed by a blood elf priestess carressing and draining the mana from a mana wyrm. This is followed by scenes depicting several of the game's playable races and classes: an orc warrior cutting down a pair of naga, a troll riding a raptor, Maraad fighting fel orcs, the orc warrior being slain by arrows and resurrected by the priestess, a human mage casting on a tauren, a Forsaken warlock killing a swarm of murlocs with , and finally the priestess casting .
Illidan is then shown kneeling on a ruined battlefield, contemplating the Skull of Gul'dan. He drops the skull and leaps into the air, brandishing the Twin Blades of Azzinoth and concluding his narration:
YOU ARE NOT PREPARED!
- Directed by Jeff Chamberlain
- Animation Surpervisor: James McCoy
- Animated by Ronny Kim
- Cinematic concept artists: Brian Huang, Bernie Kang
Notes and trivia
- This cinematic was unofficially remastered on December 6, 2019, by Upscale, using Machine Learning AI.
- The orc warrior, human mage, tauren and undead warlock previously appeared in the World of Warcraft cinematic intro.
- The Burning Crusade Behind-the-Scenes DVD has content about how different parts of the cinematic were created.
- WowCraft's episode 25 is a parody of this trailer.
Blood elf priestess
Maraad in Azuremyst Isles
Blood elf resurrecting the orc warrior
used on a tauren in Nagrand
Illidan Stormrage with The Twin Blades of Azzinoth
- Art assets and concepts