Probably just a branding move to keep their icons consistent, thus going with the basic icon. They've been doing a lot of UI/UX work with the battle.net app and looks like it was a part of that.
Also it's a lot sharper on my HD devices like retina display apple products.
The power-tripping mod in this thread infracting people for being silly (at no one's expense, mind you) is the real concern here.
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a month and couple of days left till blizzcon
won't be surprised when something slips out by accident or to create hype.
untill then, calm your tits people
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Lol jst look at ur desktop backgrnd icon and this new youtube icon its the same, they jst updated this old icon on youtube. ITS NOTHING
Seriously though, what's up with the Maelstrom behind it? Has that been on the logo Before? Azshara lives there, in the Rift of Aln. Possibly also the location of the Dark Below - between there and Vashj'ir, under the seafloor.
Son of a bitch...
I was laughing at first at the OP for reacting to something meaningless, but that may just mean something.
I can't imagine them taking the time to just throw in the Maelstrom faintly into the background for shits and giggles.
Unless someone can find this icon dating back to the past, well..
Good freaking catch.
I think they are completely done with MoP related work and are fully focused on the next expansion. It would only be natural for things to crop up from various teams in preparation. We don't see it but they are seeing it daily. Not saying the icon means much except we are progressing past Mists of Pandaria.
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Obviously some artist had some extra time so he tossed the maelstrom behind it so it looks a bit more natural. He probably literally pasted the icon over the World Map, then darkened it.