With the recent hotfix buff(*) to Serpent Sting (SrS) I'm considering what to change to best take advantage of this.
I have three thoughts on this so far. If anyone has any other ideas, please let me know.
1) Do nothing and enjoy a small lift in damage.
2) Go back to SV. This might be harder to stomach than I originally intended once I flipped to BM. I really like the ability to spirit mend myself and my pet. That said, Serpent Spread would be quite attractive on some fights especially if (and only if!) it is close to BM on single targets.
3) Make a mouse-over SrS macro. I'm thinking this would need to be a different key instead of a target/mouseover multi-type macro. I use my mouse a lot and wouldn't want to accidentally SrS a random mob while the other part of my brain is doing a normal opening rotation on a mob! Unfortunately, like most BM hunters, I'm a bit loaded on keys and keybinds. I have F1-4 almost as finger twitches for disengage, fetch, spirit mend (me), and tranq. I have 1-9,0,-,+ all full. I also have 'r' for arcane shot and 't' as an ingrained twitch for interrupting. I already feel full as far as buttons go, so I'm thinking of looking at special mouse buttons and mouse-over. I could give up fetch, but it is pretty damn handy. A mouse-bind seems logical. I probably should have it for other things as well (i.e.- fear beast, tranq, spirit mend, master's call). Unfortunately, I have an over-sized ergo mouse(**) without a lot of button options.
No matter which routes we chose, we will all want to make sure our enemy health bars show SrS in some easy to consume way so we can keep the stings up.
(*) - "Serpent Sting’s damage has been increased by 100%, and its cost has been reduced to 15 Focus (was 25)." Th ere is also a normalization for SV's ISrS but it looks like Serpent Spread is still good.
(**) - Moderate to severe carpal tunnel in both wrists will put you on that path.