Best Mouse for DOTA 2 - The Ultimate Guide
DOTA 2 is one of the most played (and watched) games in the world, and with hundreds of thousands of players logging on every single day it's showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. Despite the fact that the game is somewhat known for its steep learning curve there are still plenty of newcomers joining the battle of the ancients every single day.
If you want to perform at your best level you'll want gaming gear that doesn't hold you back, and that's where we come in. We've analyzed the gear that the professionals are using, and based on that data we came up with this guide on the best gaming mice for DOTA 2.
It is of course true that a mouse is of less importance in a MOBA game than it is in a shooter where precision matters, but we do see that the MOBA pros gravitate towards the same high tier mice as the shooter professionals do. In this article we'll briefly go over the features of the five mice that we listed below so that you can get an ideal baseline to make an informed purchase for yourself.
What makes a mouse good for DOTA 2?
Contrary to what you might think, not a lot of professionals are using a dedicated MOBA/MMO mouse with a side panel that has lots of side buttons. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't use one (there certainly are options out there) but the professionals don't seem to gravitate towards these mice. Perhaps surprisingly, we see a lot of the usual shooter game mice here.
In any case: what makes a mouse great for you will largely depend on subjective factors but there are a couple of things to consider when buying a mouse for gaming. You will want to have a mouse with a flawless sensor and, if you're going wireless, a perfect connection. Even though pixel perfect precision matters less in MOBAs you still don't want to find yourself misplaying because your mouse couldn't keep up or didn't register your click at a crucial time. Of course, all the mice in this list feature flawless sensors and the wireless mice that you can find in this article all have a lag-free connection without any interruptions so it's really a matter of finding a mouse that suits your budget and, most importantly, preferences.
Logitech is the most used mouse manufacturer in the professional DOTA 2 scene as you can see on the right. Their mice are currently being used by just under a third of our analyzed professional DOTA 2 players.
Razer also takes quite a big piece of the pie, and rounding out the top three we see SteelSeries. That might come as a bit of a surprise, as their mice have really been dropping in popularity in the shooter games that we analyze for some reason. That of course doesn't mean that they make inferior products: we're just commenting on the trends that we're seeing here.
Most Used Manufacturer
1. Logitech G Pro X Superlight
Note: we counted the G Pro Wireless together with the X Superlight since they have the same shape and mostly the same internals.
Logitech's Pro line of mice has historically always been hitting the mark with professional and competitive gamers. From the very first G Pro Gaming Mouse (which, back when it first released, was just called the 'G Pro') to the Pro Wireless and now the Pro X Superlight: all of their top tier gaming mice have found their way onto our 'most used' lists and it's the same with the Superlight.
The most eye-catching feature of the Superlight is obviously the weight. At 62 grams it's one of the lightest non-modded wireless mice on the planet (there is the FinalMouse Starlight-12 but those mice are almost never available to buy at retail prices) and it achieves that weight without having to make any compromises to the structural integrity of the device. Compared to the G Pro Wireless, the Superlight also has better feet and improved clicks to prevent double clicking. Whether or not that's worth the price premium for you (the price of the Pro Wireless was dropped following the release of the Superlight) will depend on your personal preferences of course.
Why this one?
If weight is important to you but you also want a wireless mouse then the G Pro X Superlight is one of the best options that you can actually buy at this point in time. Logitech's LIGHTSPEED wireless technology works absolutely flawlessly and the HERO sensor will ensure that your every move is tracked with perfect precision.
If you don't really care about the weight of your mouse you can always take a look at the G Pro Wireless. It's got worse stock feet but that can easily be remedied by going aftermarket, so if you manage to snag a deal on a G Pro Wireless and you don't mind the fact that it's slightly heavier then that could definitely be a good deal.
2. Razer DeathAdder
Gaming mouse royalty
The Razer DeathAdder is a mouse that's been around for longer than some of our readers. It's one of the best selling, most well-known gaming mice in the world. Of course this also means that it has seen many different iterations. Not all of these have been met with universal praise but the current versions (the V2 and the wireless V2 Pro) are definitely up to date with today's market and have little objective flaws.
Featuring Razer's flawless Focus+ Optical sensor, Optical switches, great stock feet, and (in the case of the Pro version) a flawless wireless implementation it's hard to look past the DeathAdder if you're on the hunt for a larger ergonomic mouse. They are on the weightier side when compared to some other top picks in today's market, but if you can live with that (or you might even prefer slightly heavier mice) then it's one to consider.
Why this one?
If you're looking for a large ergonomic (wireless) mouse you have to take a look at the DeathAdder. Its shape and size might not sit well with everyone (but that's always the case, and Razer didn't try to go for a 'one mouse fits all' type of shape here) but if you have larger hands and/or you prefer larger mice then this is a really good option to take a look at.
3. Logitech G203
Fantastic budget option
Reading these 'best mouse' lists is all well and good, but of course pros tend to play with the best gear available to them and that usually comes at a cost. For those people who are on a budget the Logitech G203 is a fantastic option. It's often recommended as the budget mouse on enthusiast forums, and it's nice to see that professionals are also using it, further reinforcing the fact that this is one impressive piece of kit.
The G203 of course doesn't have all of the latest and greatest tech in there but it has a flawless sensor, pleasing clicks, a decent cable, and decent feet.
Why this one?
If you're on a bit of a budget and you don't mind using smaller mice then the G203 is by far one of the best options out there. It's been the go-to budget recommendation for a lot of people for years now, and even though the budget market has seen some new challengers rising up to the occasion in recent times, the G203 still holds up fantastically well for people who don't have a lot to spend.
4. SteelSeries Prime
SteelSeries' Pro Mouse
SteelSeries is a brand that has historically been known for their great (FPS) gaming mice, with the Rival line being one of the most used gaming mice for esports players at one point in time. The company has had a less than stellar track record with their mice over the past couple of years however, but it seems like they're getting their mojo back lately.
The Prime is SteelSeries' take on a 'made for professional and competitive gamers' mouse. With a weight of 69 grams, a flawless TrueMove Pro sensor, and optical switches (in the form of Prestige OM switches) this ergonomic mouse is very much up to today's standards.
Why this one?
If you're looking for a medium sized ergonomic mouse with up to date specs then you should take a look at the SteelSeries Prime. Do bear in mind that there are multiple Prime models out there, but we would recommend either the Prime or Prime Mini if you're interested in this line of mice.
5. Zowie EC2
Comfort is king
The Zowie EC series is very well known and loved amongst the competitive shooter crowd but it's a bit less of a known factor in other scenes. That's because Zowie's mice are made from the ground up for (tactical) shooter players, but that of course doesn't have to mean that they can't be used for other games.
Perhaps one of the EC's most famous features is its fantastic ergonomic shape. Zowie are known for their great shapes and the EC is arguably the crowning jewel. With a shape that flows naturally without any sudden or potentially annoying curves this is one of the comfiest mice you can get if you like ergonomic pointers. The new ECx-C series also features a number of improvements over the EC2 and EC1 such as an improved cable and scroll wheel. You can read all about the differences between different EC versions here.
Why this one?
If you're looking for a no-nonsense plug and play ergonomic mouse then the EC2 should be high on your list. Due to the aforementioned improvements we would recommend the EC2-C over the EC2 but the EC2 is of course also still a very good buy.
Conclusion: The best Mouse for DOTA 2
Choosing the right mouse for you is a process that doesn't drastically differ between games or genres. Just like with FPS games, it's important to get yourself a mouse that you are comfortable with. Of course specs matter (you don't want to find yourself misclicking because of your gear) but all of the mice in this list are completely up to par on that front so there's absolutely no need to worry about any of that if you're using this list to decide on your next purchase.
What we have here is a nice selection of mice, ranging from larger, full-featured ergonomic mice to small budget pointers, so there should be something in here for everyone. If you still want to know more you can always check out our other guides or check one of our many mouse reviews. If you have any questions then please don't hesitate to reach out in the comments of the relevant articles or on Twitter or Discord.
Thank you for reading!