Maybe Blizzard has a limited budget for ingame cinematics and considering 8.2 already had 2 other cinematics, they had to sacrifice somewhere. Most patches in the past only had 1 or 2(with the exception of 7.3 I think).Sometimes I think to let Blizzard go with the 8.2 cinematic.
Then I watch this:
How could Blizzard have done a masterclass, 10/10 cinematic then release that abonimation that is 8.2 ending cinematic? In what way does the Azshara cinematic introduce 8.3? Are we dealing with Sylvanas? Are we dealing with N'zoth?
A cataclysmic force of the magnitude of Argus has been released into Azeroth and Blizzard decided that no immediate consequences should be shown? We had Argus on the sky after we defeated KJ for months showing the gravity of our problem. N'zoth is free? k, just let me send some turtles into the water.
I am proposing ways to increase the quality of the cinematic because it lacks it compared to the previous ones. Go with the "Velen route" and have Thalyssra speak with Azshara, and Azshara being cocky and sassy AF. Go with "I have played you route", zoom in into the HoA as Azshara monologues how she played us and set N'zoth free, show Magni reflection on it.There were so many little ways to improve the cinematic that is is unbelievable that Blizzard resorted to this barebones thing. Add the "plot twist" route and do a surprise appearance of Sylvanas/Nathanos with the Dagger and "all according to keikaku"...
I wish we could go back to 7.0. Legion was the best expansion ever.
Then, we have to take into account the CGI cinematics they're doing too. They never released CGI cinematics in the middle of an expansion in the past, so I think it's pretty cool that we got a few.
Really, I don't think calling Blizzard "lazy" for doing a short ingame video considering all of the above is fair. There is probably a reason why they didn't make the Azshara defeat cinematic longer, whether it's time, budget, or simply that they're still trying to finalize what to do with the story for 8.3 or want to keep it a secret without any hints until it's officially announced.