Thinking of upping your video gaming play? Want the latest technology to enhance your gaming performance? One of your options is to invest in the same equipment as some of the biggest pros and pro teams in the eSports industry, who rely on their equipment to see them through countless battles time and time again.
When gaming, it is imperative that, above all, you feel comfortable with your equipment, spanning from your monitor, mouse and headphones all the way to the objects that are often focused on less, such as the mouse pad and chair that you sit in. Each individual piece of equipment work as components that join together to create a cohesive set of armour, weapons, movements, abilities, ears and eyes during all of your gaming endeavours. As Virtus.Pro member Wiktor “Taz” Wojitas points out, “you need to have good movement, which is in your keyboard” as well as “good aim, which is in your mouse and mouse pad”. Equipment can make or break a professional eSport player’s performance, such as mouse lag costing the player precious seconds in which the direction of the game can be utterly transformed. Luckily, this kind of pro equipment doesn’t have to cost the earth, either.
Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok
One of the most prolific eSports personalities to emerge from South Korea, “Faker” competes in League of Legends tournaments all over the globe for his team SK Telecom T1 (who are sponsored by a Korean telecommunication company of the same name). This year he has been using the BenQ XL2430T monitor to compete with in competitions, presumably due to its high refresh rates, anti-blur technology, pixel pitch of 0.276mm and response time of 1ms (GTG). Furthermore, “Faker” uses a BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth keyboard and a DeathAdder Chroma mouse, both the creation of Razor, promising optimal speed and responsiveness during gaming, along with opportunities for customisation.
The eSports team Fnatic have their own dedicated line of gaming hardware available for their fans to purchase if they so wish. Carrying the orange Fnatic logo, it is a great way to show support for the team while carrying out your own gaming challenges. The Dual Modular Gaming Headset was devised from discussion with pro CS:GO, League of Legends and Dota 2 pro eSports players, as well as a collaboration with audio company AIAIAI, whose designs featured in the Museum of Modern Arts.
The Rush Pro Gaming Keyboard is being used by Fnatic’s CS:GO team in the ESL Pro League, which was originally named the “Electronic Sports League” when it was created in 2000, the finals of which for this year’s season take place on the 11th of December 2017 and are sponsored by Logitech, Lenovo, Nvidia, among others, as well as leading online betting sites like Betway. At just over $93.00, the Rush Pro keyboard has been made specifically suitable for gaming due to its total of five preset profiles, wrist rest that is detachable and backlighting to prevent eye strain when gaming late at night.
The team G2 eSports recently competed at the Epicenter 2017 tournament, which took place from the 28th to the 29th of October for CS:GO and was sponsored by Monster Energy, obtaining third place. While most members of the team have selected different mice from each other, two players both favour the Logitech G903 mouse. It is likely that players “NBK” and “bodyy” prefer the Logitech G903 over all others as a result of its high sensitivity (2.60) and eDPI of 1,040, which is in contrast to the SteelSeries Rival 300 used by “apEX”, which has sensitivity of 1.91 and eDPI of 764. The GS eSports officially website offers fans of the team the chance to purchase a branded pro gaming chair for $360, which is designed to connect you with the eSports pros while bringing you comfort while you game.
There are also modifications you can carry out on your current gaming gear, or alternatively, even something as simple as altering the monitor settings can bring major changes to your ease of gaming. For example, changes to the field of view settings allow you to become more comfortable with your position in the game-scape, especially if engaging in a first-person video game. Also, screen resolution puts less strain on the GPU if it is turned down to a slightly lower resolution that still ensures an immersive and detailed gaming world, such as 720p.