On this list, we have taken a look at 5 awesome mice for MOBAs, and 2 fantastic all-purpose mice that work great in a MOBA environment.
Esports have evolved into a half billion dollar industry in 2016, with the audience reaching well over 220 million people. At the forefront of this, are games of the MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) genre. With popular gaming events for Dota2, League of Legends offering multimillion dollar prize money for the winners, the industry is set to grow even further. For instance, The International, an annual Dota2 event offered a total prize money for $1.6 million, this year.
Competing in Esports is similar to traditional sports, in the sense that you need the best gaming gear to outperform your competition. Especially having the best gaming mouse, is a huge advantage. Therefore we have compiled a list of gaming mice that we think will best serve your MOBA journey.
On this list we have reviewed the following:
5 Amazing mice targeted at MOBA gaming
2 Superb all-purpose mice that will do great in a MOBA environment
A truly great mouse made for the eSport pros by the pros. Razer is and has been a massive gaming brand for a long time, and this mouse is a great example of that. The Naga Hex V2 is a wired MOBA mouse that can deliver ultra-fast performance.
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The 16000 DPI laser sensor ensures pixel perfect movement across the map.
It has 14 programmable buttons including a 7 button thumb grid made up of mechanical buttons. The positioning of these buttons is something we like very much, as it is very easy to make accurate clicks.
You are probably wondering by now if this can suit the size and shape of your hand. Well, the Naga Hex 2’s ergonomic design ensures a comfortable gaming experience, irrespective of grip style and shape. If you are into gaming at a stretch, then this WIRED option is definitely for you.
Weight: 7 ounces
5G Laser sensor
14 MOBA programmable buttons
Razer Naga Hex V2
-Design Aesthetics -Pre-Configured Profiles -Amazing precision thanks to a great Laser Sensor
-Connectivity Issues -Can be slightly uncomfortable when switching to everyday tasks.
This mouse is designed purely with competitive gaming in mind, from the insane performance to its literally endless customization options. The Mad Catz may be expensive, but it will not disappoint.
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R.A.Ts are not for the faint-hearted. They are known for their performance feel, and the PRO X doesn’t disappoint. There is literally nothing on this mouse that you cannot customize. You can choose models featuring sensors from lasers to optical, depending on what you like most! There are some really cool aspects to the design as well. You can make lateral and vertical adjustments so that you can rest your palm, thumb and pinkie fingers too.
The R.A.T is made from the top of the line magnesium alloy and titanium, so it feels very rigid in your palm.
The scroll wheel in the PRO X gets a makeover as well. You can move the scroll wheel sideways to suit your hand too.
The mouse has a modest 10 programmable buttons, but what makes it stand out is that it has an additional 9 modes, for these buttons. Giving you control over 90 programmable commands essentially. The initial setup we found was pretty smooth as well. We think the R.A.T Pro X is probably the best gaming mice on the market for competitive gamers of any kind. If you are heading into battle for your 1st eSports tournament, then this mouse is a must have.
This fan favorite from the Steelseries Rival series is not only one of the best Steelseries mice, but also one of the best MOBA mice ever made
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First up we have to admire the SteelSeries amazing design. At first glance, it might be easy to miss the fact that the Rival 500 has a whopping 15 programmable buttons. The side button layout is next-gen and distinctly different to the buttons on the Corsair SCIMITAR or the Naga Hex V2. You can press these buttons extremely quickly by just rotating your thumb. Flick down Switches are also present for accessing the 2 lower buttons.
We liked the fact that SteelSeries included a mechanical lock for all those times you aren’t gaming. If you are into the habit of using the computer for other tasks besides gaming, then this feature gives your hand a much-needed rest.
Initially, it may appear to be a bit pricey but the Rival 500 definitely delivers. The tactile Alerts feature is awesome, as you are always aware of details like stuns, and mana, based on the mouse’s feedback.
You can adjust the lighting of the mouse and keyboard using the SteelSeries engine.
The ergonomics are top-notch. SteelSeries claims the mouse has a durability of 30 million clicks at the very least too. A great choice for the avid but not so hard-core gamer.
15 Programmable Buttons
Pixart 3360 Optical Sensor
Weight: 4.6 ounces
SteelSeries Rival 500
-A great thumb layout -Ergonomic design fits Mobas and mmo's -Smooth movement -Tactile Alerts
-A bit Pricey -Lackluster DPI adjustment
4. Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime
An economical option, often used by pro gamers regardless of its price tag
This crossover from Corsair is a true niche mouse, in that it caters to both MMO and MOBA needs. Although most people will not need what it has to offer, those who do will really enjoy it.
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To say that this mouse is packing is an understatement. It comes with a fully loaded side panel consisting of 12 mechanical buttons. From use, we found that this can be a bit tricky or even very easy, depending on the size of your hand. Boasting a DPI of about 12000, this gaming mouse performs as admirably as it looks.
The design and the positioning of the buttons are ideally suited for both MOBA and MMO players.
The key area where the mouse loses points is firmware. Corsair could do a better job keeping their firmware compatible and up to date, with rolling windows updates and other platforms too. Aside from this issue, system updates can occasionally mess up your lighting profiles.
The essential functions of the device like response time, comfort, acceleration sensing are spot on.
For those who like amazing performance coupled with a heavy mouse, this one is for you. The mouse weighs about 12.8 ounces, which is almost double that of others you will find in the market.
It’s quite ideal for those who have larger hands. Aside from everything we have mentioned, if you love lord of the rings you will love this mouse.
12 Mechanical/ programmable buttons
Weight: 12.8 ounces
Corsair SCIMITAR Gaming Mouse
-Great Price -Perfect for folks with average/ small hands -Switch DPI as you play
The Razer DeathAdder is a true masterpiece. For gamers who need something that is ultra-customizable and ultra-sensitive this mouse is beyond perfect. The 50g acceleration this mouse boasts blows most other mice away. The DeathAdder is one of our favorite mice ever, read on to find out why.
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This is a solid mouse for the FPS as well as RPG gamers. Despite the mouse having just 5 programmable buttons, these are independently programmable unlike most other mice on the market. With the state of the art synapse program, you can customize anything at any time. The on the fly adjustment of pretty much everything is something we really liked a lot.
The color synchronization and lighting is sort of overplayed on the marketing front. Realistically, there are only certain distinct colors available without the variants overlapping.
Ergonomics is a massive strong point for the DeathAdder, just like the Logitech G502. This mouse is one of the best in the market in terms of comfort offered, irrespective of the grip style. The grip on this mouse is quite good but the build quality of the buttons, in particular, was the only downside, in our opinion. Double click and button performance issues we noticed arose after prolonged use for about half a year.
This mouse is one of the best in the market in terms of comfort offered
“Value for money” is not something we typically associate with Razer products but this mouse more than justifies the price tag.
There’s not much you can’t do with the DeathAdder Chroma. You can even adjust the mouse based on the surface used. It’s not every day you find a mouse that works so well on glass table tops.
The mouse is available in multiple variants including the Elite, Essential and one specifically designed for lefties. The max DPI is about 10K but we found that a lower DPI of around 1K was ideal for FPS games and 2k for RPG titles.
Thanks to the lack of more customizable buttons one could argue that this mouse is more suited to FPS and RPG games that don’t require too many programmable buttons. The FPS performance of this mouse on games like Overwatch is simply stunning. Razer has aptly introduced an Overwatch version of this mouse too.
8 million Customizable colors
Left & Right-hand designs
1000Hz Ultra Polling
5 independently programmable buttons
-Incredible acceleration and performance -Incredible comfort -Best mouse with a left hand variant on the market
-Button durability -issues
Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
Possibly the best all-around gaming mouse ever made
After trying out the Logitech G502 Proteus Core, the words that come to mind are usually “the best”, “Unrivalled” “perfection.” It’s very easy to run out of superlatives when reviewing this mouse.
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At first glance, the design is fantastic and the performance matches that. The mouse comes with 11 programmable buttons that make it a great choice for most FPS, RPG and other types of games.
Its usage flexibility is 1 mere aspect of the mouse’s strong points. You can tune the mouse’s sensor based on the surface it’s on to obtain the maximum performance. This way you never lose your edge even if you are away from the comfort of your home.
The max DPI is 12000, and you can switch up all the way from just 200 which makes this mouse very versatile and a treat to use even while you work. Accuracy is everything when it comes to a great gaming experience, the 40G acceleration is not as high as the Razer DeathAdder but the difference is not noticeable.
Just like runners need their weight to fall on different parts of the feet, you can adjust the weights and center of balance with unerring accuracy. You have about 5 3.6g weights to choose from.
The Logitech G502 is without a doubt the Shadow Fax equivalent of the mouse world, and you can confidently walk into any Esports tournament with this gaming mouse
A lot of improvements on the software front from Logitech have made this mouse a force to reckon with. The software was once nowhere near as good as the Razer synapse but now functions extremely well. Just like men this mouse is also mortal in its own way.
Grip wise this mouse is unrivaled and is probably its biggest strong point. The feel is not plasticky like the death adder but rich. The only thing that drags this mouse down from a perfect 10 to a 9.9, would be the fact that it’s not great for folks with larger hands. We noticed that it is very much usable, but the same level of comfort cannot be obtained for those with larger hands who employ a palm grip.
Logitech has also launched a variation of this called the Proteus Core Spectrum that offers the added benefit of RGB lighting. The G502 is an ideal choice for playing COD, Counter Strike GO, Battlefield, Overwatch and of course, MOBAs.
11 Programmable buttons
Weight: 5.9 ounces
1000Hz Polling Rate
-Surface specific sensor tuning -Excellent performance and precision -Intuitive keybinding
-Doesn’t suit larger hands as well
Are you more into FPS gaming? Then here is our buying guide – on the best fps mice.
How to find the best MOBA gaming mouse for you
Now that we have taken a look at some of the very best mice for MOBA gaming in 2017. It is time to talk a little bit about what it is that makes a MOBA mouse what it is. What kind of specifications are most crucial to MOBA gaming and which type of design and keybindings is a must have?
Multiplayer Online Battle Arena(MOBA) gaming, is among the game genres with the highest requirements for speed and reaction capabilities. Not quite on the same level as FPS gaming, but it is as close as it possibly gets.
It is no secret that pure skills and brainpower is way more important than gaming gear and that a great player will beat a bad player even if the bad player possess some of the best gear in the world. However, if you give that same gear to a great player, then that is when he goes from great to brilliant.
In terms of specifications, there is a holy trinity for MOBA gaming, which is DPI, polling rate, and resolution accuracy.
DPI: Dots per inch, which is pretty self-explanatory. It is basically just the amount your cursor moves per inch you move your mouse. A common misconception about dpi is that more is better, which is false. Very few will get any good out of 10k dpi, but having the option of switching between low-mid and high dpi is always advantageous.
Polling Rate: Is the rate at which the mouse inform your PC of its current location. It is the gaming mouse version of ‘frames per second’. It is obviously a huge advantage to have a mouse with a great polling rate if you intend to compete in a high-paced eSport environment.
Resolution Accuracy: This is often overlooked, in favor of great polling rate and dpi, but the truth is that your polling rate efficiency heavily relies on your mouse’ accuracy. It is great that the mouse tells the PC of its location 200 times per millisecond, but if its location is wrong, then what good does it do?
Ergonomics & Design
Comfort and feel are just as important as the actual raw power in the mouse. Figuring out which type of grip you want in your mouse is absolutely crucial to your gaming experience. In terms of mice and grip, there is generally 2 designs and 3 different mouse grips to consider.
Claw Grip: This grip is not the most common but is used more and more by professional gamers who enjoy ambidextrous mice. Basically, you just fashion your hand in a claw shaped form, leaving a gap between the fingertips and back-end of the hand. This grip is said to keep gamers on their toes and increase reactionary capabilities.
Palm Grip: By far the most common grip and for most people, it is also the most natural and comfortable. With this grip, the most of the hand touch the surface of the mouse.
Tip Grip: By far the rarest grip of all, with which you only touch the mouse with your fingertips and leaving the rest of the hand above the surface of the mouse. This grip is said to be efficient for rapid movements.
Ergonomic: Mice made specifically with a palm in mind, usually it has inward space for the thumb, and a curve down for the rest of the hand.
Ambidextrous: This type of mouse is exactly the same on its left side as it is on its right side, making it extremely efficient for both tip and claw grips. As well as ensuring it can be used by both left and right-handed gamers.
Keybindings & Macro Management
This is where a lot of MOBA mice show their true colors, and one of the few features you can say are solely made for MOBA gaming. Whereas a traditional gaming mouse has 2 thumb buttons, whereas MOBA mice tend to have the so-called ”key wheel” which cater excellently to most MOBA games.
It may not be quite enough buttons for MMO gaming but it is just right for an MOBA, and having those 4-7 extra key bindings can truly enhance your in-game performance.
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