Disclaimer: buying any of these mice will not make you a better player. You won’t get Shroud’s aim and you won’t turn into a spraygod overnight. However if you want to train your set of skills and get anywhere near being half decent in the game, you do need quality equipment.
Even if you are not aspiring to get to the very top let me tell you this: when I started my other hobby – which I now am very passionate about – cigars – I got a tip from a seasoned aficionado (cigar enthusiast): if you start with trash quality cigars you will lose your interest at the very beginning. The same rule applies to gaming as well: you play with crap, you play like crap and the chances are you won’t touch the game ever again. Having quality gear will make the experience much more fun.
Ok then, but why would I buy any of these mice when I can get a ”gaming mouse” from Walmart for 15 bucks? Once again: quality, quality and quality. If these mice are good enough for people who play CS at the highest level for 6 to 12 hours a day and make their living out of it, they sure are good enough for me and you. These mice are top notch, the créme de la créme, the best money can buy and yet they still remain affordable for every gamer. Buying the best gaming mouse is not like buying a Lamborghini moneywise.
…and buying quality gaming mouse you will use for years to come will eventually get cheaper than buying a poorly built 15 dollar mouse once every three months.
Most Used Mouse Manufacturers in the Professional CS
(source: CS:GO Player Setups as of 9th of January 2016)
- Zowie 38%
- SteelSeries 28%
- Razer 16%
- Logitech 10%
- Other (FinalMouse, Mionix, EpicGear, CM Storm, Roccat, Newmen) 8%
Note: this does not represent the pro community 100% accurately (there are even some retired, banned or otherwise irrelevant players on the list) but it gives an overall idea of the distribution.
Mice Used by the Top 20 Players
(ranking: HLTV Ranking 2014)
We will update the list once the 2015 ranking gets completed!
(ranking by: hltv.org http://www.hltv.org/news/13903-top-20-players-of-2014-introduction)
1. Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund – Logitech G303
2. Robin “flusha” Rönnquist – SteelSeries Rival
3. Jarosław “pasha” Jarząbkowski – Zowie FK
4. Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski – Zowie FK2
5. Jesper “JW” Wecksell – Zowie EC-A
6. Kenny “kennyS” Schrub – Razer DeathAdder 2013
7. Patrik “f0rest” Lindberg – Zowie EC2-A
8. Richard “shox” Papillon – Razer DeathAdder Chroma
9. Freddy “KRiMZ” Johansson – Zowie EC-A
10. Vincent “Happy” Cervoni – Zowie EC2 eVo
11. Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács – SteelSeries Kinzu v1
12. Olof “olofm” Kajbjer – SteelSeries Rival
13. Paweł “byali” Bieliński – Zowie AM-GS
14. Adam “friberg” Friberg – SteelSeries Ikari
15. Dan “apEX” Madesclaire – Zowie EC1-A
16. Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen – Zowie FK
17. Nathan “NBK” Schmitt – Razer DeathAdder Chroma
18. Braxton “swag” Pierce – Logitech G400s
19. Fabien “kioShiMa” Fiey – Zowie ZA12
20. Nicolai “device” Reedtz – Zowie EC-A
Note: some items on the list are lacking in terms of accuracy because some of the information is gathered from recent LAN events at which you might be able to identify the mouse manufacturer but not the exact model. For example, Zowie EC1-A and EC2-A look exactly alike but the latter is a bit smaller.
Also, if you are a hardcore fan of some of these players and want to have the exact same mouse, keep in mind that some pro players use old models because they are so used to them and afraid to change. You should always go for the most recent model.
If you want to learn more about these mice check out our article about the best gaming mice for CS:GO..