I, like others, was disappointed in the lack of women in the cinematic. A bit of me thinks is because they can work out the animation of a male orc, but that level of animation of a warrior female orc would be a challenge to get right for the majority of audiences.
However, they did something very deliberate with that trailer. What would have been easier for them would have been reviving the orc and elf that battle in the cinematic for World of Warcraft. Yet they did not chose to resurrect the night druid. Instead they invoked the classic image from the box of Tides of Darkness.
Okay, so the details are somewhat different. The box above is also based on Orcs vs Humans but the naval ‘setting’ of the MoP trailer definitely invokes the pirate-y looks of the above pair. Given what Blizzard have been saying about this expansion being ‘about’ Azerothian conflicts as much as drunk panda bears, this design choice makes very good sense. As much as I would have preferred a kickass orc woman, or even the night elf druid as opposed to the chin-a-licious human male – Blizzard deliberately set out to invoke this particular image. But with less hats.
Which is a shame, because then it would have been Pirates vs Ninjas.