Possibly the best quality of life improvement in Guild Wars 2 is being able to discover recipes with materials from the bank. Last night I made sure to run a play session of crafting, as cooking can take a long time, and it was great.
For artificing the main “hidden” recipes involve potion brewing. Each potion instills hatred and hardness in the character for a certain race, such as destroyers or Nightmare Court. With that crafting profession, and I would guess most of the others, crafting from the bank is a akin to Doodle God with bumper rails as I randomly clicked on material icons to see which ones would darken and which ones would remain lit. In my opinion this is the perfect difficulty for most crafting professions. It’s fun to combine, it’s not very difficult or time consuming, and not having certain materials is just difficult enough to keep some stuff hidden.
Cooking raises this difficulty, as is its wont. The reason it is more difficult is not necessarily the number of variations. It is that cooking feeds off its own materials. Pizza is one of my favorites. The player has to have a handle on dough, tomato sauce, and cheese, which are easy to make cheese pizza, a consumable. Take the cheese pizza at a higher level of cooking, add a few mushrooms, and get a better mushroom pizza. Take a snazzy mushroom pizza, add some greenery, and get a fancy veggie pizza. Soups are by far the worst as they build with stocks and all sorts of other prepared ingredients.
I’ve already bought one bank slot, which leaves me more than enough room for a main character. However, it is likely not enough room to be a master chef if I didn’t follow wiki recipes. I would have to waste a lot of money by making prepared ingredients to see if the system tells me I have a locked discovery to find with that prepared ingredient. It might tell me it is no longer needed, by not having it show up as a discovery ingredient, or it could be red, meaning that I am not high enough level to use it yet for the locked recipe. Then it’s either store it using up more precious space, or try to remember that I will eventually need to remake it. The best option is to buy them off the Trading Post where the prices don’t reflect the cost of materials to make the item, at least yet.
In my opinion, having the difficulty raised on cooking by building on crafted materials is great. The pain of cooking versus my bank still remains. Still like a good MMO player, I relish it while cursing it all the same. I am like a rugby player athlete version of crafting, eating my own pizza with a black eyes and missing teeth. Tyler Durden in a cook’s getup.