Talk, talk, talk. Always you speak; never do you listen. You ignore the lessons of Pandaria!
I'm seeing so much discussion about whether the Alliance or the Horde wins this war. Well I'm setting up camp with the people who understand. The whole point of this expansion was that there is not always a winner and a loser in a fight. No single faction wins this war. Not the Alliance. Not Vol'jin and his cohort. Not Garrosh and his "True horde". Certainly not the Pandaren and their homeland. Everybody lost something. Nobody really gained anything. At best, an opportunity to start over and make things right and to work together has arisen but at worst nothing has changed.
I've just started reading the Vol'jin book (which is fantastically written so far and very clever) and he plays a board game with his human counterpart where the objective is to use your pieces to destroy all the enemy pieces. If one person sacrifices most of his forces to win then he is considered to have also lost. It is a game where winning is subjective and it is no accident that such a game was created to tell this story.
The Alliance was broken by Garrosh. The Horde was broken by Garrosh. Pandaria was broken by our war. Ultimately, neither Alliance nor Horde was strong enough to stop him alone. It takes massive sacrifices from both sides to end Garrosh's reign. Beyond a simple bodycount; consider the lumber, the stone, the gold and the food that was required to fuel each factions war machine?
The question we were asked at the start of the expansion was: What is worth fighting for? Have we truly answered that question? I'm looking at a torn up Vale and two heavily worn out faction and countless civilian, neutral refugees of war and all I can say is that it doesn't feel like anything could justify such proud and vain displays of strength in the name of "freedom". A freedom to do what? Continue killing each other?
The war will end. The cycle of hatred will begin anew. A new Warchief for yet another new Horde. A unified Alliance under the banner of the High King. We will all return, after two expansions of development, stronger and yet weaker for our efforts. But Pandaria will be left scarred beyond repair. The Tillers, The Golden Lotus, The Shado-Pan and even The Klaxxi are all unbalanced now. They did not care for our conflict when we arrived. Do you think they will care for it after we leave? I doubt it. They will only care that we came and all we brought was destruction and hatred and war.
At the end of it all... It's not about who wins. It's about who loses. Try to remember the lessons of Pandaria whilst bickering over which side Blizzard loves more. Personally, I'm quite ashamed to be a part of either faction right now.