Yeah I know we’re going to get the obvious “Heavy Cataclysmic Bandage” but in this day and age, I think bandages need an overhaul. The game has been out for more then 5 years and nothing has been touched about this aspect of the game besides sliding up the bar on how much they heal. Right now [Heavy Frostweave Bandage] heals 5800 over 8 seconds. That’s about 15%-30% of what I would consider average health of a OK geared level 80 ranging from us paper-mâché mages to titansteel plated sherman tanks.
The amount healed is drop in the bucket for some…an ok result for others. But the main issue is that bandages are for in-combat situations. If you are questing, most people use food as it gives you additional buffs and no debuff. If you want to stop in the middle of a battleground, stand still channeling this heal spell (assuming that stupid rogue doesn’t backstab you after 1 sec), and only gain back 1/3 of your life then be my guest. I’ll see you after a 30 second spirit healer rez. For 8 sec the payoff seems pretty small to me. What they need to do is expand on these to make them a little more worth while.
After reminiscing with a guildmate, I was reminded that waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in the day, there was such a thing as a [Mooncloth Bandage]. This healed something like 4000 hp on a level 60. This was when there was only [Heavy Runecloth Bandage]. Yes…mooncloth on a 24h cooldown could be used on a bandage that healed nearly 100% of your life. Pretty steep price because all of the [Mooncloth] at that time went into 16 slot [Mooncloth Bag]’s but those that could afford it had the option. Since patch 3.3.3 dropped the cooldown on making the wrath special cloths ([Moonshroud][Ebonweave][Spellweave]) the price of these has absolutely tanked on my server. 66%-75% drop in what they used to run. They even dropped the benefit you gained when you crafted them. Converting these types of cloth into special bandages doesn’t sound all that expensive anymore as long as their benefit is balanced and worth the effort.
I’m not even going to pretend to be an expert here but if I’m paying thirty to forty gold for a bandage this is what I’d like to see:
[Moonshroud Bandage] – Requires First Aid (450). Use: Heals 10,000 damage over 4 sec. Grants [Moonshroud Residue] thats lasts 30 minutes and gives you 20 mana regeneration every 5 seconds.
[Ebonweave Bandage] – Requires First Aid (450). Use: Heals 10,000 damage over 4 sec. Grants [Residue of Darkness] thats lasts 30 minutes and increases critical strike rating by 20.
[Spellweave Bandage] -Requires First Aid (450). Use: Heals 10,000 damage over 4 sec. Grants [Nexus Residue] thats lasts 30 minutes and increases haste rating by 20.
They’d encourage maxing first aid, heal quickly, heal adequately, and also make use of buffs already in the game. And we don’t have to limit it to just tailoring cloths. What about modifying what existing bandages can do? Perhaps we’ll see something like this expanded upon in Path of the Titans. One of the already suggested examples in Path of Golganneth already includes
Rank II Medic – Bandages heal targets by an additional 30%
Why did we quit at [Strong Anti-Venom]? First aid was supposed to be cooler then what we have now. Blizzard has been toying around with some ideas already. Few people know about the [Intravenous Healing Potion] but actually its kind of a cool item. Back in Wrath of the Lich King beta, there was a manual that dropped and taught you [Dense Frostweave Bandage]. This healed you quicker but not quite as much. I love that mechanic! Give us choice! It’s a shame that didn’t make it into the game. What if we could talk to [Olisarra the Kind] and be trained on some type of Rejuvenation Bandage. It might have something like a 2 second channel time but heals X over 15 seconds so you can put it on and get moving again. Perhaps it would be removed if damaged before the buff was finished. Maybe in addition to RP type items like [Antiseptic-Soaked Dressing] Angelique Butler could sell a Antiseptic item that applies to a stack of bandages like the engineering kits. Something like:
[Antiseptic Spray Kit] – Requires First Aid (450). Use: Converts 20 Heavy Frostweave Bandages into Antiseptic Frostweave Bandages. “Warning: Keep away from your eyes”
[Antiseptic Frostweave Bandage] – Will attempt to cleanse a friendly target, removing 1 poison effect, 1 disease effect, and 1 magic effect. “Warning: The Azerothian Health Council suggest avoiding such activities that might result in such ailments”
There is many possibilities here. I don’t think any of these would be considered unbalanced or taking a job away from a healer. If thats your argument, what about [Runescroll of Fortitude]? First aid is waaaaaaaaaaay over due for its regular checkup! I wanna hear what you guys think. What Ideas do you have?