Seriously, check her out. I mean, everyone looks kind of badass with the moon behind them like that, but still, check her out. I really like how she moves, too. Combat animations aren't wildly different, but they have a bit more heft to them. I'm thinking of rolling a forsaken soon to see how that feels.
No spoilers for the Alpha from me - been running around on various toons to try out all three warrior specs. Prot feels the strongest. For those of you who don't play warriors, I rolled a DK and a paladin and both killed things admirably considering I was just hitting buttons at random. Gonna try an enhancement shaman tomorrow, I think.
If you were going to assign WoW classes to "real world" historical occupations, where would Warriors fit?
They're not Knights (that's Paladins), so would they be mercenaries? Rhonin? Barbarians?
Look, he asked.
Anyway, actually, they would be knights. The vast majority of knights were at best professional warriors - guys like William Marshal were stone badasses, but they didn't do a lot of praying or healing people. It also really depends on what period in history we're talking about - Sir Elton John doesn't go around smashing people with a sword or casting Holy Wrath. You'd be hard pressed to find real human beings who could live up to a WoW paladin, but almost anyone can be a warrior - kill things, don't die. That's pretty much all you'd need. I'm deliberately not going into the nuts and bolt of the medieval knight as a warrior class - all that land they owned provided them the wealth they needed to afford that armor, horse and weapons and the years of training in how to use them. Mainly because this is a website about World of Warcraft and not Morris Bishop's The Middle Ages.
Similarly, Aleister Crowley didn't actually cast a lot of spells, so it really depends on how 'real world' you want to get with this. You could have a lot of fun imagining that a portal to Azeroth opened in 1900 and various real world historical figures learned abilities from WoW, if you're that kind of person. I may be that kind of person, but there's only so much room in the Queue for me to talk about how World War I would have been very different if we had individual soldiers who could summon armies of the dead, raise the dead, throw fireballs, or carry two swords each the size of a whole person.