I’ve spent about a week with Serenity, and I can honestly say my life is better because of it.
Serenity, at the core, is a focus bar, but it does a lot more than that. Here’s what the developer has to say about the core features:
- Focus bar with tick marks indicating how much energy is needed for your shots. You can configure up to five custom marks, one of those being the main shot for your spec (changes when you respec or swap talents!).
- Crowd control timers for anything you have under Wyvern Sting and Freezing Trap.
- Misdirection module that announces who you cast misdirection on, whispers the target when you are actually transferring threat to them and will even warn them if they are mounted because you can not misdirect a mounted unit. This module also adds right clicking of unit frames to cast misdirection (normal right click functionality is still available by holding any modifier key with right click – ALT + Right Click, etc.).
- Interrupt announces for Silencing shot and even Scatter Shot.
- Item / Spell Timers. You can track the cooldown of any item, as well as the duration of a debuff (Serpent Sting) on your target, plus much much more.
- Timers are also available as Icons (stationary) as well as moving time-line style.
- Alerts for buff, debuff or cast of a given spell. (Think mini-power auras).
- Enrage module that will inform you when a mob is under an enrage effect that can be tranquilizing shot off. There is also a frame to show the magic buffs on a target that you can possible remove for pvp.
- Indicator for current Aspect, missing aspect, with the option to only show when missing. Also warns if you are using cheetah or pack in combat.
- Indicator for Hunter’s Mark on target, warns if missing, low on time remaining, plus it can account for Marked for Death.
- Bar smoothing to alleviate the “blocky” fill in of your energy bar.
- Scare Beast indicator shows you when you can use Scare Beast.
- Energy bar can change colors based on configurable amounts of focus to give you color indication of how much focus you have available or lack-there-of.
- Profiles for multiple configuration for different environments (PVE / PVP / etc.)
- Templates for Serenity’s base setup and look, as well as one that will use TukUI colors to match your TukUI interface schema.
- Extensive in-game options for those that like intricate configuration.
- Chat announces per environment for interrupts, misdirection, tranq removed buffs, etc.
- Auto-shot swing bar and timer.
- Boss current health percentage on energy bar.
- Support for LibSharedMedia3 for sharing textures with other addons.
I’ll be honest, I turned off the cool down portion of the mod — just because I have a different cool down mod I really like. The focus bar, given my recent switch back to Marksmanship, is helping me learn when I can afford an Arcane Shot in my rotation for a focus dump, and it is also showing what is active on your current target along your focus bar. It does not; however, track dots on multiple targets, so for that reason, I don’t see myself getting rid of ForteXorcist.
Configuring this mod was quite easy, the UI for doing that was pretty straightforward, but there were some tricks to getting it set the way I wanted it.
First of all, the placement of the mod needed to change.
To lock or unlock the frames type /serenity lock, then drag your bars wherever you want them, and repeat the same /serenity lock to save your changes.
To open the config panel, /serenity config and you’ll see a window similar to the one you see to the right. There’s loads of options for everything from threat transfer to aspect management and cool downs. You pick what you want, enable (or disable) that module.
To turn off the cool down timer, navigate to the screen you see to the left. This is also where you’ll customize your duration timer. You can select what you want to see on your duration bar, and exclude what you don’t.
Pro’s to Serenity:
- In your face updates for focus, and how much you’ll be gaining with your current shot (in the case of Steady/Cobra)
- Handy counter to prepare for the Fire! proc.
- Quick right click Misdirects from your raid/party frames.
- Announces in whatever channel you select your MD target.
- Solid duration timers for your current target.
Cons to Serenity:
- Unable to track Serpent Sting on multiple targets.
- If you already have a pretty set UI, it may be difficult to find a place for it that still keeps it in your face.
Ultimately, I’m going to recommend you try Serenity and see if it will help you in your exploits. It’s certainly helped me optimize my Marksmanship rotation, and I’m sure it can help you too.