Just saw this on Facebook (since I have Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan both as authors I like).
As I imagined, looks cheesy as fuck. Of course, every single WoT cover up until now has looked pretty cheesy and I think this looks infinitely better than the cover for The Gathering Storm or Lord of Chaos. (I think Crossroads of Twilight is the only WoT cover that I actually thought looked pretty cool).
That said, I think this cover is actually one of the better looking covers in the 14 novel series. Looking forward to it being published.
THat does look pretty nice
I really like Whelan - this is my favorite work by him