As surely everyone is aware by now, the official Mists of Pandaria trailer was released yesterday. As far as trailers go, it's a far step away from Blizzard's normal fare, but the quality is as superb as ever.
See for yourself:
Apple Cider Mage has a hilarious play-by-play analysis (as well as examining the lack of female characters in this and past trailers), while Vidyala has written an excellent post comparing this trailer to those for the previous expansions, and their emotional impact. I highly recommend reading both.
Personally, what struck me most vividly about the Mists trailer was THAT BADASS ORC. Seriously, that orc was a thing of beauty. I'm only half-joking here - we've come a long way since the thick knots of walking muscle that appeared in the Vanilla and Burning Crusade trailers. Even the male orc models in-game are rather squat, stout and blocky.
But the orc in the trailer? That guy was awesome! He was massive and muscular, but in a lean, lanky, feral way. He looked strong AND fast, like a hunting cat or a honed predator. Still a little top-heavy and bulky, of course, but leagues better than the stubby brutes in the earlier trailers. Big fan of this style. :D
I was also really impressed with the level of fine detail - Blizzard's animators are amazing. From the human's jacket tassels, to the tiny patterns and carvings on the orc's brazier-turned-club, to the trinkets and bottles hanging from the Pandaren's belt...it's a shame we only get fully rendered cinematics like this once per expansion.
I particularly loved their eyes - they really seemed alive, and full of emotion.
Finally, there was That Scene, the one that everyone is saying was their favorite part, that we'll all remember fondly for years to come. We all know what I'm talking about.
It WAS a hilarious moment, no doubt about it. It really drove home the mystique and awe-inspiring feel of the Pandaren. Just look at their faces! Priceless.
However, I liked it even more because it illustrates something crucial about the entire Horde/Alliance war, especially the humans and orcs. How significant is it that these two hated enemies would put aside their enmity to work together? Especially without any prior agreement, or without even exchanging a single word of truce?!
I mean, we've seen what happens when neutral parties try to get the two sides to work together. It doesn't work. An Old God is awake and breaking free, putting the entire world at risk? Nope, we'd rather fight and butt heads. We're on the Lich King's doorstep, and need to assault his Citadel as a unified force? Psh, let's kill each other in Tirion's little tournament and destroy each other's airships instead.
But this funny little scene in the Mists trailer showed us what we've been doing wrong. The Horde and Alliance hate and distrust each other far too much to listen to logic or common sense, even with such major stakes. But now? Now we know exactly it takes to get these disparate sides to work together, to band together and unite against a common foe.
It reminds me of a great piece of fanart that you've probably seen, of Garrosh and Varian battling Deathwing in his human form. Obviously, it's not canonical, since Deathwing never USED his human form (grumble, grumble), but I've always loved the image because it's the one time we've seen those two hotheads actually cooperate.
(Here's a link where you can download this image as a wallpaper from battle.net.)
Can't you picture the moments preceding this scene playing out just like the orc/human battle in the Mists trailer? Where neither Garrosh or Varian even thinks about teaming up with the other until after Deathwing has been kicking them around for a while, and it's abundantly clear that their only chance is to swallow their pride and team up?
(We actually saw this in Stormrage, too - where Varian only agreed to work with the Horde after things were basically already in the crapper, and there were no other options left.)
So there we have it. If Tirion or Alexstrasza or whoever truly want the Horde and Alliance to work together, they can't do it with stirring words or by trying to tell them about some horrible looming threat. Pride and hatred will simply get in the way. They have to see it with their own eyes, and realize that to fight alone is to perish.
Something to keep in mind for later when we finally take on Sargeras, perhaps?