Pay to Win?
If you truly want to improve and rank up in Overwatch, a $10 mouse may not do the trick. So, in a way, high level gaming is somewhat pay to win. A gamer sitting on his/her couch with a laptop and a cheap wireless mouse on a tiny mouse pad generally has a disadvantage against someone playing on a high powered desktop with a competition level gaming mouse/keyboard and a mouse pad the size of a large rug.
I am not saying go out and spend $5,000 on a high powered PC but there are small investments you can make over time if you do not already have myself and many other would call ‘a proper set-up’. You may have noticed a trend in the link provided in the Preparation page that shows what the pro players mouse setting are. Along with the settings, you will also see that many of the pro players also use similar equipment. That does not necessarily mean its the best equipment available but its very close to it and it provides them with what they need to succeed. All products links provided go to Amazon as that is usually where you will find the best price. Let’s go over some items that will help you elevate your gaming experience.
When it comes to Overwatch, a good quality mouse is arguably the most important piece of gear to have. A good quality gaming mouse has a sensor that allows for more precise movement and accuracy. I can recommend several that are all very close to even levels of performance but this will again come down to personal preference such as size, shape, weight, feel, and price.
Many of these Zowie Mice are used by pro players. Minimal differences except size, weight, and shape.
Budget friendly and high quality.
Higher price range but excellent quality and who doesn’t want to customize with millions of colors.
The monitor is tied with the mouse in terms of importance. When it comes to Overwatch, higher resolution to make the game look sharper is not very important and many pro players actually play the game on Low Graphics settings anyways. 1080p is plenty and most of the recommended monitors will be 1080p. The main feature to look for in monitors is 1ms input lag and Hz. A 144hz monitor will work wonders on your gameplay experience especially when you become accustomed to landing flick shots on your opponents. A 144hz monitor is a big advantage in Overwatch and is worth the investment.
BenQ Zowie Monitors
Yes, mouse pads. General rule of thumb is the bigger the better. Remember when I said lower mouse sens is better? You are going to want a large mouse pad in order to make large swipes for fast 180’s with out running your mouse in keyboard, coffee, drinks, etc. You don’t want to constantly be resetting your mouse to center in the heat of battle on a small mouse pad.
Blizzard put a lot of time and effort into the sounds of Overwatch. Listening for an enemy Ultimate or the footsteps of that flanking McCree can often be a determining factor in winning many team fights. Using the audio to your advantage will require a decent headset. Also, communication with your teammates is crucial at all levels of play. So get a headset with a mic, make call outs, and win some games!
A good reliable mechanical keyboard will go a long way and is a good investment that you won’t have to worry about for a while. Keyboards take a back seat to mice and monitors in terms of importance but still worth looking at if you think yours might be causing problems.