I'm going to start off with Skarn's answer, then add my own musings.
Lore-related feelzies is enough for me, but obviously not everyone is me. :) Let's see, quick rough math:
3 weeks to get the Valor.
1 day, 1 week or 1 month to do the PvP. How do you do at PvP?
If you do all the ToT and Siege LFR you can...averaging 3 Secrets per week - 7 weeks.
Average of 2 Runestones a week - 6 weeks.
Time to complete the solo scenario after Secrets and the Celestial challenge after Runestones? Up to you, but could be one day or several.
The final step on the Isle should take no more than a week.
So...16 weeks/4 months to full completion. Longer if you have trouble with PvP. It may not be that bad though, you might have better droprates on Secrets and Runestones. To get it all done in 2 months you'd need a rate of 6 Secrets per week and 4 Runestones. Maybe since you can get them from Siege too, you'll get lucky. Maybe not.
I think he's spot on with the time frame. I don't think that it's going to be a huge deal to complete though, especially since we know that the drops are going to be easier to get (they'll be in SoO). The other thing to consider is that the story line is good (which isn't lore, perse, but just a good story), and that just completing it will be a sign of accomplishment. Now some people are going to say that because so many other people are doing it, that the accomplishment is diminished. But it's not -- it's still just as cool.
Bottom line -- the next expansion isn't going to be out in November. So you might as well get started and do the chain, have fun with it! I'm sure that having the cloak will help you out leveling in when we all head b[READACTED] [REDACTED].
What tradeskills could be added, if any?
Woodworking and lumber jack. Seriously. I want to build a boat.
And then I want to get on the boat.
And then do other stupid things.
Alright, so beyond that, something that could be associated with a major new feature of the game, say, something that required building
. There's an entire area that could be explored and include some really fun gameplay. And think of the lore too -- a night elf lumber jack? That'd be a neat story.
My only plea here is that if we do ever get something like this, that restro druids that die in tree form can be chopped up.
When they introduce the new character models will this also update the NPC's and mobs that use the same or similar models out in the world? Or, will we be looking amazing(hopefully) next to the terrible older models?
My guess is that every NPC will be updated, but we don't know. Again I'll voice my discontent here with Blizzard -- they need
to release new models at BlizzCon. I really think this should have came a lot sooner, but I really don't know how a major graphics overhaul isn't going to happen at this point.
PS: Edward James Olmos on Dexter? Amazing.