Recommended Gear

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.

 

Gaming Mouse

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.

 

BenQ Zowie

Many of these Zowie Mice are used by pro players. Minimal differences except size, weight, and shape.

BenQ ZOWIE EC2-A E-Sports Ergonomic Optical Gaming Mouse

BenQ ZOWIE FK2 E-Sports Ambidextrous Optical Gaming Mouse

BenQ ZOWIE FK1 E-Sports Ambidextrous Optical Gaming Mouse

BenQ ZOWIE EC1-A E-Sports Ergonomic Optical Gaming Mouse

 

Logitech

Budget friendly and high quality.

Logitech G Pro Gaming FPS Mouse with Advanced Gaming Sensor for Competitive Play

Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury FPS Gaming Mouse with High Speed Fusion Engine

 

HyperX

HyperX Pulsefire FPS Gaming Mouse

 

Razor Gaming

Higher price range but excellent quality and who doesn’t want to customize with millions of colors.

Razer DeathAdder Chroma Overwatch Edition

Razer DeathAdder Elite

Razer Naga Chroma

Razer Mamba Tournament Edition

 

Monitor

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

BenQ ZOWIE 24 inch 144Hz eSports Gaming Monitor, 1080p, 1ms Response Time

BenQ ZOWIE 27 inch 144Hz eSports Gaming Monitor, 1440p, 1ms Response Time

BenQ ZOWIE 27 inch 144Hz eSports Gaming Monitor, 1080p, 1ms Response Time

BenQ ZOWIE 27 inch 144Hz eSports Gaming Monitor, DyAc, 1440p, 1ms Response Time

BenQ ZOWIE 27″ QHD 2560×1440 LED 144Hz Quad HD Gaming Monitor

 

ASUS

ASUS VG248QE 24″ Full HD 1920×1080 144Hz 1ms

ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278QR 27″ 2560×1440 1ms 165Hz G-SYNC

 

Mouse Pads

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.

 

BenQ Zowie

BenQ ZOWIE G-SR Large E-Sports Gaming Mouse Pad

BenQ ZOWIE GTF-X Large Competitive Gaming Mouse Pad

BenQ ZOWIE PTF-X Competitive Gaming Mouse Pad

 

HyperX

HyperX Fury S Pro Gaming Mouse Pad X-Large

HyperX Fury S Pro Gaming Mouse Pad Large

 

Razor

Razer Vespula Dual-Sided Gaming Mouse Mat

Razer Goliathus Control Fissure

Razer Gigantus – The Ultimate eSports Mouse Mat

Razer Goliathus Control Gravity

 

Audio

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!

 

HyperX

HyperX Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset

HyperX Cloud Revolver S Gaming Headset with Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound

HyperX Cloud Core Gaming Headset

 

V-MODA

V-MODA Crossfade M-100 Over-Ear Noise-Isolating Metal Headphone

 

Sennheiser

Sennheiser GAME ZERO Gaming Headset

 

Audio-Technica

Audio-Technica ATH-AG1X Closed Back High-Fidelity Gaming Headset

Audio-Technica ATH-ADG1X Open Air High-Fidelity Gaming Headset

 

Razor

Razer ManO’War Wireless 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

Razer Overwatch ManO’War Tournament Edition Gaming Headset

 

Keyboards

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.

 

HyperX

HyperX Alloy Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

 

BenQ Zowie

ZOWIE CELERITAS II KEYBOARD

 

Logitech

Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

 

Razor

Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2