The most used mousepads by Rainbow Six Siege players
The most popular mousepads are calculated based on 99 professional players.
Every piece of kit that you use will make a difference if you’re planning on playing at the highest levels. The mousepad is an often neglected piece of equipment, but it really shouldn’t be. Aside from the fact that a good pad will drastically elongate the lifespan of your mouse feet it can also really make a difference when it comes to ingame performance. A good gaming mousepad will obviously offer a smooth and consistent glide for your mouse, but these pads also come in many different sizes and materials, making it so that you can get one that complements your personal playing style and preferences.
We’ve gathered the most used pads in the Rainbow Six Siege pro scene and listed them in this article to help you decide in case you’re in the dark about your next purchase, so whether you’re a seasoned veteran looking for their next pad or you’re a new player trying to figure things out: we’ve got you covered!
The Pro Usage Top 5 gets updated continuously and instantly so that you can always get an accurate overview of what the pros are using at any given time. In the body of the article itself, we go over the five most popular pro products in no particular order and, when relevant, we also give you some extra options in the form of products that fall just outside of the top 5 or are otherwise relevant.
What makes a mousepad good for Rainbow Six Siege?
There are definitely trends that we notice when we make these kinds of lists, and Rainbow Six Siege isn’t an exception on the mousepad front: large, cloth pads are very obviously favored here.
This can be the case for a multitude of reasons, but we can take an educated guess on why this came to be the case over the past decade or so. Most professional players are playing at comparatively low sensitivities, so they definitely need a large playing surface to accommodate all these large mouse swipes, and large hard pads are simply much less mobile due to the fact that they obviously take up way more space than a rolled up cloth pad. Aside from that (or as a consequence of more and more pros and competitive gamers using cloth pads) there just isn’t a lot of choice if you’re shopping for hard pads. That’s changing these days, with brands like SKYPAD and Pulsar offering hard (glass) pads, but it’s still a fact that cloth pads far outnumber hard pads.
So, if the pros are to be believed you should look towards cloth pads, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t have options. Contrary to what you might initially think there’s a great deal of variety among cloth pads, and while it’s obviously impossible to rival the swiftness of a dedicated speed hard pad there are certainly plenty of options if you go for cloth, ranging from dedicated control pads to speed pads and everything in between.
A lot of gaming companies tend to offer at least one ‘middle of the road’ mousepad with a glide that’s neither super fast nor extremely controlling, and this is that middle of the road pad from Logitech.
As far as the speed and surface friction goes, the G640 doesn’t fall into one specific category, making it ideal for players who are just starting their mousepad journey or for people who just want a perfectly average glide.
Combine that with a non-offensive thickness of 3 millimeters and you can see why this pad is used by a lot of professional gamers: it’s a reliable, ‘standard feeling’ pad that’s easy to take on the road and requires little to no maintenance. As an added bonus, Logitech mousepads are available all across the globe, so the pads are easy to replace for pros if something happens to their mousepad while they’re on the road.
Logitech G640 OriginalUsed by 15 Rainbow Six Siege players ()
❝The Logitech G640 is the ideal ‘starting pad’ for people who aren’t quite sure what they want when it comes to mousepads thanks to its middle of the road glide.❞
- Excellent ‘middle of the road’ option when it comes to glide and thickness
- Edges start fraying after a while
Quick note: the QcK+ has been renamed to/replaced by the QcK Large. Both pads are essentially the same though.
Whether you’re going to a general gaming forum or a community dedicated to hardcore competitive grinding, odds are you’ll see the SteelSeries QcK line being recommended at one point or another. This is perhaps the most widely known and used line of gaming mousepads.
The QcK+ comes in at at 450 mm x 400 mm so it offers plenty of room to swipe your mouse around, and it comes with a nicely coated underside so that the pad remains in place even when swiping around like a maniac.
It’s not a dedicated speed pad, nor is it a super controlling pad, but it does offer a little more resistance with its static and dynamic friction, making it a mousepad that’s a good option for people who want their mousepad to rein them in a bit without going into full ‘mud pad’ territory.
SteelSeries QcK+Used by 11 Rainbow Six Siege players ()
The QcK+ is SteelSeries’ ‘standard mousepad’, though the QcK line is a bit slower than what you’ll mostly see from ‘standard pads’, with the surface edging on control.
- Nice, controlling glide
- Very inexpensive; great value proposition
- Tends to gather dust and body oils quickly
- Thickness of only 2mm means that playing surface needs to be very flat
VAXEE was founded by the people behind the original ZOWIE team, so it perhaps shouldn’t be a surprise that their first line of mousepads was made to have very similar characteristics to the ZOWIE G-SR-SE. What you are getting with the PA is a control mousepad with plenty of static friction for those finer micro movements and not a whole lot of dynamic friction.
There’s also a rather large difference between the horizontal glide and the vertical glide, meaning that you feel a lot more ‘locked in’ on the vertical axis, making horizontal swipes just a bit more consistent and reliable. This isn’t something that can necessarily be noticed when using the pad (it’s not as if it’s a muddy pad on the y axis and a speed pad on the x axis) but it is something that makes the glide of the PA line very interesting.
As an added bonus, you can choose from a wide variety of different designs, and you can even have your mousepad personalized with your gaming name and real name if you want to.
VAXEE PAUsed by 18 Rainbow Six Siege players ()
❝If you’ve got a feeling that you would like a bit more control but you don’t want to overdo it with a muddy/gritty dedicated control pad then the PA can be right up your alley.❞
- Smooth surface
- Tight rubber base makes the surface feel very consistent
- Lots of designs available
- No stitched edges version
- Humidity resistance isn’t the best
|Static Friction Angle||7.64|
|Glide Difference X/Y||14.8|
SteelSeries QcK Heavy
The SteelSeries QcK Heavy has the same surface as its thinner siblings it definitely does have a feeling of its own. That’s down to the immense thickness of 6 millimeters, making it a very bulky mousepad.
The reason for having a pad as thick as this one is twofold: there are people who just flat out prefer the feeling of it, obviously, but as an added advantage this mousepad also has a way easier time maintaining a smooth playing surface on uneven desks when compared to thinner pads such as the regular QcK.
Some people think that the Heavy has a slower glide than regular 2 millimeter QcKs but that’s (in theory) not the case, since both use the same materials. This one might feel slower due to the fact that the mouse feet can sort of ‘sink in’ the pad but whether or not that’s a significant factor will depend on the size of your mouse feet and the amount of pressure you apply to your mouse when aiming. The QcK Heavy wasn’t designed with ‘feet sinkage’ in mind though, so if you want to have that extra dimension of control by applying more force when doing certain movements it’s best to look towards mousepads that are designed specifically for that purpose.
SteelSeries QcK HeavyUsed by 7 Rainbow Six Siege players ()
❝The SteelSeries QcK Heavy is a thick mousepad with a medium gliding experience. It can be ideal for people who have a lot of inconsistencies on their desk, as the thickness will cover up most surface-level bumps and dents.❞
- Thickness covers up uneven desk surfaces
- Thick pad can get irritating on the skin for some
- Very strong rubbery smell initially
The G-SR-SE will give you a slightly more controlled glide without sliding into ‘super control’ territory like that other Zowie pad, the G-SR. The overall glide seems to please a lot of people, and the amount of micro control that you get combined with the fact that it doesn’t really hold you back from making big swipes makes it ideal for shooters where precision is important. Couple that with its super and consistent foam and you’ve got one great mousepad.
One drawback of the G-SR-SE is that it’s coated, so once the glide ‘goes’ there’s no way of getting it back.
ZOWIE G-SR-SEUsed by 7 Rainbow Six Siege players ()
❝ZOWIE made a number of promises when they first unveiled the G-SR-SE Rouge, and from what I can tell they’ve delivered on all of them. The surface is smoother, the humidity resistance is better, and the foam is a little bit softer. The pad still feels every bit as consistent as it should be, though, and with its controlling medium glide (by this I mean that it’s pretty much a ‘medium’ pad, but it’s on the slower end of that spectrum) this Rouge offers an interesting glide experience for people who play tactical shooters or who just want a touch more control without losing out on gliding speed.❞
- Smooth surface
- Increased humidity resistance when compared to earlier versions, though it’s still not flawless at handling oils and sweat
- Firm, uniform gliding feeling thanks to the dense foam
- Design won’t be for everyone
|Static Friction Angle||8.51|
|Glide Difference X/Y||10.30|
Artisan Ninja FX Zero
Artisan mousepads are known for their extremely high finishing standards and great quality. These mousepads are made in Japan and have been rising in popularity in the professional scene after being loved by enthusiasts on various community forums, and for good reason.
If you want to get yourself an extremely premium mousepad with a controlling glide, then the Zero is one to consider. There are different versions out there, and the difference lies in the firmness of the foam. If you’re someone who likes to dig in their mousefeet for some extra control we’d recommend the softer versions, and otherwise you can always go for the firmer pads.
All of this quality comes at a price, though. Artisan pads are extremely expensive and can be difficult to get on top of that, so we’d really only recommend this to people who already know what they’re after when it comes to gaming mousepads, but if you want a medium type of glide with a decent amount of stopping power and static friction for those micro adjustments then it’s hard to imagine anything better than this.
Artisan Ninja FX Zero SoftUsed by 4 Rainbow Six Siege players ()
The Artisan Zero is the control pad in the Japanese brand’s lineup, though that doesn’t mean that it’s a dedicated control mousepad. What you’re getting is a control-oriented mousepad with Artisan’s famous quality. If you’re looking for a top tier mousepad, you’ve got to look at Artisan.
- Great finishing
- Premium stitching
- Very expensive
- Availability can be an issue
The Gigantus V2 (which is the successor to this mousepad) became a massive hit with professional gamers due to its high quality standards and the medium-control glide that it executes so well, but the original Gigantus still has its fair share of loyal users.
Contrary to its successor, this is very much a control-oriented pad, so if you’re someone who is looking for a mousepad that gives you plenty of pushback when making moves, this is a good one to consider.
- Decent stitched edges
- Raised logo can interfere with glide
- Thickness won’t suit everyone
Best Mousepad for Rainbow Six Siege – Conclusion
Rainbow Six Siege professionals seem to prefer a more locked-in feeling with their mousepads over a speedy surface. That makes sense since precision is so utterly important in this game, but if you’re looking for other types of mousepads you can always look at our best mousepad for gaming article.
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