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Build Your Own Battlestation with the Overwatch League Pros' Favorite Peripherals

Overwatch League and Overwatch World Cup MVP, Jjonak
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In any competition, spectators and pros alike obsess over finding an edge. And in gaming, it’s incredibly easy to obsess over what gear can optimize gameplay and help you win.

With Overwatch League Season 2 fast approaching, I thought it’d be a fun exercise to break down what peripherals the pros are actually using these days. Because what group would be more qualified to determine what gear you should use than an entire league of professionals?

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For those unfamiliar with the Overwatch League, here’s a quick explainer: Overwatch is a team-based, first-person shooter which has elements of MOBA games thrown in, not unlike Team Fortress. It’s one of the most popular games right now, boasting over 40 million players worldwide. And this season, 20 professional teams—eight of which are new—will begin facing off at Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles.

The list below spotlights the most used peripherals in every major category in the Overwatch League. (Big props to the good folks at ProSettings.net who compiled the available data.) You’ll find the top three mice, keyboards and headsets used in the league, plus the monitor that most of the pros use. None of it will immediately make you a better player, but it can give you an edge as you improve your skills.

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ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q
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ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q

Notable Features: 240Hz Refresh Rate, G-Sync, 1ms Response Rate, VESA-compatible

Pro Users: The vast majority of OWL pros use this monitor.

Also Good For: All Gaming

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Logitech G Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse

Notable Features: Wireless, 200-16,000 DPI, 8 Programmable Buttons, Built-in Rechargeable Battery, RGB Lighting

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Pro Users: sinatraa, Profit, Gesture, Fl0w3r, OGE, LiNkzr, ArK, Libero, Bunny, Agilities, Munchkin, Rawkus, and Taimou

Also Good For: MMO, MOBA, RTS, RPG, Puzzle and Action

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Logitech G PRO Hero Gaming Mouse

Notable Features: Wired, 200-16,000 DPI, RGB Lighting

Pro Users: OGE, Taimou, Kariv, Profit, Gesture, Bdosin, NUS, Ark, Bunny, sinatraa, Libero, Fl0w3r, LiNkzr, Rawkus, aKm

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Also Good For: MMO, MOBA, RTS, RPG, Puzzle and Action

Logitech G703 LIGHTSPEED Gaming Mouse

Notable Features: Wireless, 200-12,000 DPI, 2 Uses AA batteries

Pro Users: Boombox, Fate, Carpe, Striker, Janus, Xepher, Poko, Fury, and Space

Good For: MMO, RPG, Puzzle and Action

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Logitech G Pro Mechanical

Notable Features: Romer G switches, Tenkeyless design, RGB lighting

Pro Users: Mano, Architect, birdring, OGE, Profit, Gesture, Bdosin, Fl0w3r, Ado, and sleepy

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Also Good For: MMO, MOBA, RTS, RPG, and Action

Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition

Notable Features: Cherry MX Green or Orange switches, Tenkeyless design, RGB lighting

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Pro Users: Agilities, Munchkin, ryujehong, Space, Fate, Fleta, Zunba, Fissure, and ShaDowBurn

Also Good For: MMO, MOBA, RTS, RPG, and Action

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Corsair Vengeance K65 Compact

Notable Features: Cherry MX Red Switches, Tenkeyless design, RGB lighting

Pro Users: Hydration, sinatraa, Muma, dafran, and BABYBAY

Also Good For: MMO, RTS, RPG, and Action

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1. Sennheiser GAME ZERO
2. HyperX Cloud II
3. Logitech G Pro
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Sennheiser GAME ZERO

Notable Features: Stereo sound, leatherette memory foam ear pads, foldable, and noise-cancelling microphone.

Pro Users: dafran, Carpe, SoOn, Ado, Furty, Fate, ShaDowBurn, SPREE, Poko, and HarryHook

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Also Good For: All Gaming

HyperX Cloud II

Notable Features: 7.1 Surround sound, leatherette memory foam ear pads, replaceable noise-cancelling microphone.

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Pro Users: Hydration, coolmatt, aKm, Envy, sleepy, OGE, and TviQ

Also Good For: All Gaming

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Logitech G Pro

Notable Features: Stereo sound, leatherette memory foam ear pads, foldable, and replaceable microphone.

Pro Users: Architect, birdring, Profit, Gesutre, Bdosin, NU, MekO, ArK, Anamo, super, Striker, and Boombox

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Also Good For: All Gaming

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Just in case you’re curious, I’ve also included my gear, which is predominantly made up of Alienware computer gear—an Alienware 15R3 laptop and a 25" AW2518H monitor—and Razer peripherals, like the Basilisk mouse and Black Widow Tournament Edition keyboard.

Before you yell at me in the comments...I use a laptop as my rig because I often host LAN parties in my kitchen.

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I’m just a sucker for RGB lighting and a thematically unified setup, what can I say?

There is one exception to my brand loyalties though: my headset. I chose the DIY path for two big reasons: gaming headsets often feel cheap, and you can always tell where companies cut corners. I use the ATH-M50x over-ears, or as I like to call them “The Internet’s Favorite Headphone,” combined with the Antlion ModMic attachment.

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If you’ve got recommendations of your own, please comment below. I’d love to see what you all use.

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Tercius

Commerce Editor at The Inventory.