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Rise of Azshara Cinematic - Safe Haven
Varok Saurfang realizes that if he is to secure a future for the Horde, he must reach out to the one who led it in the past.



This article was originally published in forum thread: Rise of Azshara Cinematic - Safe Haven started by chaud View original post
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  1. KainneAbsolute's Avatar


    Is Thrall John Wick? He didnt want to return until some criminals attacked him at his home? Where is the dog? hahah
  1. Axaion's Avatar
    oh wow this perfectly contrasts the alliance cinematics
  1. Bodraw's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by fathom81 View Post
    i dont think that the NPCs all have fixed classes, Thrall is/was a shaman, but we was much more, as sylvanas isnt a rogue or a hunter as Anduin is a mix of pala and priest, on other hand others are well suited as Mage like Jaina or warrior like Varian was or Velen as Priest.
    People keep forgetting that in their universe, it's less black-and-white.

    They're not limited to player classes as you've explained. They're complex heroes and ever-changing.
  1. Zandalarian Paladin's Avatar
    As usual, blizzard hits all the right notes in their cinematics.

    I love it.
  1. R-aiden's Avatar
    Hate or not..dont worry Blizz doesnt give a fuck about what you are thinking..
  1. Flurryfang's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by grexly75 View Post
    Looks like it since it seems that Thrall is about the only one that has the respect from both sides.. And she feels threatened by it for if he returns she loses control of the Horde..
    God i love the idea of such a story, where Sylvanas is seeing the horde destabalize, try to reinforce it, but in the complete wrong ways like taking out her possible competitors like Thrall and Baine.

    Its just sad, that none of the in-game story shows this, with us seeing so little of Sylvanas's own thoughts and actions. Like the assasins in this cinematic still feel malplaced, like if it was Anduin sending people to kill Thrall and Saurfang.

    They are once again hinting at some good story-telling, but only hinting.
  1. oathy's Avatar
    If only the movie had been made this way
  1. grexly75's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Flurryfang View Post
    God i love the idea of such a story, where Sylvanas is seeing the horde destabalize, try to reinforce it, but in the complete wrong ways like taking out her possible competitors like Thrall and Baine.

    Its just sad, that none of the in-game story shows this, with us seeing so little of Sylvanas's own thoughts and actions. Like the assasins in this cinematic still feel malplaced, like if it was Anduin sending people to kill Thrall and Saurfang.

    They are once again hinting at some good story-telling, but only hinting.
    Will be a case of wait and see hopefully we get something good..
  1. Dylamoo's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fetus Rex View Post
    You have mispelled SOY.

    Ah yes, because treason is so not controversial. It speaks volumes about people mentality. Reality is edgy, but I guess they don't show it on carebears show.

    Since he has betrayed Garrosh.
    Sounds like you want to write a diary about your life is swirling into a spiraling abyss. Sure life is edgy but there's no denying that it's all predictable garbage because they're pandering to the edge crowd when in reality you're supposed to write a fantasy story that doesn't need to teeter into reality. Why do you think GoT S8 is hated? They're pandering to the edgy shock factor. Watch, next ep in GoT they kill the queen because OHH MAN TWIST.
  1. Dr Assbandit's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fetus Rex View Post
    You have mispelled SOY.

    Ah yes, because treason is so not controversial. It speaks volumes about people mentality. Reality is edgy, but I guess they don't show it on carebears show.

    Since he has betrayed Garrosh.
    Imagine using soy unironically, especially in relation to a video game .
  1. Queendom's Avatar
    Did I miss something in the story so far?

    Why is Thrall hiding in Nagrand?
    How Saurfang got there?
    Why Sylvanas want to kill Thrall?

    Nothing makes any sense.
  1. Daywalk3r's Avatar
    Now imagine watching this cinematic (or any other from Blizzard) in the same quality as those screenshots... not the shitty YT compression
  1. shise's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    So Sylvanas tries to assassinate Thrall (most likely including his family), the former warchief and the guy who literally saved the world - I can't wait to hear how her fanboys will try to justify this. I'm so glad the Horde is getting it's true Warchief back. Lich Bitch is done boys.
    I have a feeling it was not her, but this is based on how those rogues looked like, their face, some kind of undead elf.
    I more and more start to believe that something has taken over Sylvanas, something dark from below. I hope it is true and I also hope that they are not bringing Thrall back to send him to die :/

    - - - Updated - - -

    The render quality has been improving massively in the last couple of years, but now even the detail level is outstanding. Even from the BfA cinematic to this there are some serious enhancements.

    I wonder if we will get to see a second Warcraft movie, only this time fully renderized? It seems like a waste to keep upgrading the otherwise already neat graphics, merely for cinematic. They could truly create a mind blowing movie.
  1. Ophenia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tornwar View Post
    But we've never seen Thrall in one of these HD cinematics, you cannot be the judge on whether its wrong or not. Also, Thrall IS old now. He's not as old as Saurfang, no, but Thrall is very much not a young orc anymore. Beside that, Thrall looks BANGER in this cinematic! He even grew out long hair again.
    I think the Warcraft cinematic is still canon, so we've already seen Thrall, years, years ago (fighting side-by-side with Grommash against Mannoroth). Okay that's an old cinematic but that's HD equivalent.

    Regarding the whole "Thrall traitor" point of view, I don't really care, but the fact he abandoned the Horde and went hiding in darkest times make him a coward (and that's even more true if you look at that under Orc standards).

    I hope there are some explanation about why Sylvanas wanted to kill Thrall. It seemed to me the two Rogues were after Saurfang but he just took the opportunity to lie to Thrall in order to push him to join the rebellion. If Sylvanas wanted Thrall dead, she wouldn't wait for the greatest Warrior of Azeroth to be near him.

    Overall a bit underwhelmed by this cinematic. Top-notch quality as always, but I was far more impressed by the two previous ones. This one feels like a backstory and basically some kind of fan-service video (woohoo, Thrall ! woohoo, Nagrand ! woohoo, undead rogues !).

    Edit: and I'll forever be sad we'll probably never get to see legendary antagonists in HD. Just imagine Kil'Jaeden, Archimonde, Sargeras or even a random Sha with this quality. Dayum.

    Edit2: re-watching the cinematic, Thrall seems suspicious when Saurfang asks where the family is before his enigmatic "not far".
  1. Grumpy Old Man's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Queendom View Post
    Why is Thrall hiding in Nagrand?
    How Saurfang got there?
    Apparently nowadays one can just buy a ticket to pass the Dark Portal. Outlands / Azeroth are just a short ride away
  1. Beet's Avatar
    Little confused by this video. Thats Outland Nagrand right? It looks pretty damn amazing to be in a world that should be dead by now.

    But yeah I’m stoked to see Thrall back. It’s never felt right without him leading the horde in my mind. I sadly don’t see him leading it again, but I wish they would let him.

    And you guys claiming bad story telling crack me up. No matter what Blizzard does you all complain. Just enjoy it for what it is. It was never going to be a fucking Tolkien masterpiece.
  1. Flurryfang's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by grexly75 View Post
    Will be a case of wait and see hopefully we get something good..
    They could just already have done it, and if we see some of this in-game in the future, it will just make the silent past a bit awkard and wierd.

    That said, i still hope, because rather a good future than the same as now.
  1. Cavox's Avatar
    I'm sorry to say this cinematic didn't do anything for me. I didn't like nor hate it. I enjoyed the FFXIV Shadowbringers cinematic waaay more.
    I guess I'm too jaded against Blizzard nowadays.
  1. Orrin's Avatar
    Oh, another Horde cinematic about Horde driving narrative. So novel
  1. Fetus Rex's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dylamoo View Post
    Sounds like you want to write a diary about your life is swirling into a spiraling abyss. Sure life is edgy but there's no denying that it's all predictable garbage because they're pandering to the edge crowd when in reality you're supposed to write a fantasy story that doesn't need to teeter into reality. Why do you think GoT S8 is hated? They're pandering to the edgy shock factor. Watch, next ep in GoT they kill the queen because OHH MAN TWIST.
    GoT S8 is terrible because it is badly written. All of that shock value does not come from foreshadowing. There is no personality development, only phase jumps.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Assbandit View Post
    Imagine using soy unironically, especially in relation to a video game .
    Judging by your signature, I think there are far worse things than soy used in context of vg.

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