The Achievement system, that was launched in October 200. That was rigth down my alley. Doing strange things and getting rewarded by a KA-CHING.
We left my old main, Bredil frustrated over not being able to learn all the cooking recipes at the tender age of 113. First - feel his triumph! This is one of the hardest of the 200 recipes required for the then top Achievement Iron chef.
|October 31st 2010 - the recipe is the green book with a panda on it.|
|February 10th 2011|
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Not very much later I also got the achievement for learning 240 Recipes This happened in Mists of Pandaria.
|August 6th 2012|
Since then new recipes have been added to the game with every expansion. There's now 338 in-game recipes.
But no new Achievements have been added. No, you still have to get 240 cooking recipes to get the hardest cooking Achievement. When it was launched it was a bit of an achievement, it is not an achievement any more.
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For me professions were more than half the reason I played. But now ...
Alchemy/Herbalism was ruined for me once progress could only be gotten by doing dungeons. I'm still not maxed in Broken Isle Alchemy. And as nobody need my services any more, why bother.
I fished for conjurer Margoss and for the Fisherfriends instead. I got my legendary fishing pole, the Underlight Angler, and improved it almost all the way.
But Fishing now is ridiculous. You don't need a pole - you don't need skills. You just point your weapon at the nearest school of fish and pull them up. And no worthwhile Achievements for your trouble.
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I liked the secondary professions best. In Vanilla cooking buffs could mean life or death for you. Now they might mean something in a raid, not in your everyday life - same as potions, gear, and scrolls.
And I loved the achievements you could get. But really ... for cooking the best is STILL Ironpaw chef Where's the Draenor Chef, the Broken Chef, and the Battling Chef Achievements?
Cooking in Battle for Azeroth is just a money sink. Fr most recipes, you just need two mats which you get by pointing your weapon at the water (aka fishing) and squish the oil of two fish. Yes it doesn't matter which fish, any old fish will do. Then you go and buy mats for 5 G (a heap of flour, berries, honey, coffee etc) Fills up your bags and slims your wallet.
There's nothing to it any longer. It's maybe a tell tale sign of how little value Blizz puts in Cooking, Alchemy etc. that you can not follow your progress in Armory any longer. If you Check out my Achievements, you'll see that I do love Professions.
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Many of the older recipes have had their ingredients altered. Fewer, easier to come by, and vendor bought items have supplanted the original ones.
Good old Westfall Stew can serve as an example. In Vanilla it was a Quest to get the recipe. First you carried the recipe from a farmer giving up farming for city life, to another with more staying power. Then she asked you to gather ingredients: 3 Stringy Vulture Meat, 3 Goretusk Snouts, 3 Murloc Eyes, and 3 Okra. You were rewarded with a copy of the recipe. The ingredients you needed to make it were almost the same - no Okra though - I always wondered why.
|Vanilla ingredients for Westfall Stew|
|Battle for Azeroth ingredients for Westfall Stew|
Fewer and easier obtainable ingredients needed. And the recipe is now sold by a Vendor in the Capital city.
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I love exploring, questing, cooking and fishing. I love levelling slowly, experiencing the whole world before I outlevel it. I don't mind making goofy mistakes, like fighting with my fishing pole equipped, or trying to defend myself with the Egg hunting basket instead of my big shield. I don't mind the long corpse runs, I don't mind having to shift+click every single letter to open them. I don't mind waiting for items on Cool Down until next day. I don't mind having to hand in/kill/pick ... an endless number of things. I don't mind having to go somewhere special to craft special things. I don't mind having to cooperate with other players to craft really good items.
I don't mind all of these things as long as I can do them while I level. I do not like it when the real gameplay seems to open up at max level only.
I play to relax and have fun. I do not play to do it right every time.
... more frustration to come.