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What Mouse Pads Do Pro CS:GO Players Use?

According to our data, the most used mouse pads among CS:GO pros are:

  1. BenQ ZOWIE G-SR (30%)
  2. SteelSeries QcK Heavy (15.4%)
  3. Logitech G640 (10.8%)
  4. Razer GIGANTUS (9.2%)
  5. BenQ ZOWIE G-SR-SE (6.9%)

Statistics are from the top 30 CS:GO teams in the world.

We briefly covered mouse pads in our ultimate guide about setting up and jumped into recommending SteelSeries QcK+ to anybody. If you are not interested in studying the subject any further, it is still your safest bet but due to popular demand we decided to give a little more insight on the subject.

Mouse Pad Comparison Table

Mouse Pad Comparison Table (US)
 Mouse padDetailsCheck on Amazon
SteelSeries QcK+SteelSeries QcK LargeWidth: 17.7″
Height: 15.7″
Depth: 0.08″
Surface: Soft
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SteelSeries QcK HeavySteelSeries QcK HeavyWidth: 17.7″
Height: 15.7″
Depth: 0.2″
Surface: Soft
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ZOWIE GS-RBenQ ZOWIE GS-RWidth: 18.9″
Height: 15.7″
Depth: 0.14″
Surface: Soft
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Razer Goliathus Speed LargeRazer Goliathus Speed LargeWidth: 17.5″
Height: 14″
Depth: 0.1″
Surface: Soft
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CORSAIR MM200 extended mouse padCorsair MM200Width: 36.6″
Height: 11.8″
Depth: 0.12″
Surface: Soft
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Logitech G640Logitech G640Width: 18.11″
Height: 15.75″
Depth: 0.1″
Surface: Soft
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Xtrfy XGP1-L4Xtrfy XGP1-L4Width: 18.1″
Height: 15.75″
Depth: 0.1″
Surface: Soft
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Logitech G440Logitech G440Width: 13.39″
Height: 11.03″
Depth: 0.13″
Surface: Hard
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Corsair MM400 StandardCorsair MM400 StandardWidth: 13.9″
Height: 10.7″
Depth: 0.08″
Surface: Hard
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Corsair MM600Corsair MM600Width: 13.9″
Height: 10.7″
Depth: 0.2″
Surface: Both (double-sided)
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Looking to upgrade your whole gaming setup? Remember to check out our guides about mice, monitors, gaming keyboards, headsets and best mouse bungees too!

Best Mouse Pads (For CS:GO) 2020

As you can tell by the comparison table the mouse pads we have picked are rather similar in size. This is the standard size pretty much all serious CS:GO players use – large enough for any “normal” sensitivity yet still small enough to fit in any setup.

The size aspect is especially important for players who attend LAN tournaments as you want to have the same exact setup at both home and offline events. Thus using a full table sized mat (usually referred to as an extended mouse pad) is not ideal, but we will introduce a few of them also as they are getting more and more popular.

Another criterion for getting placed on this list is being widely used among professional players. Of course the differences are quite minimal, so getting a “gaming” branded mouse pad might sound a bit geeky for newcomers, but if you are about to buy one why not go for the best? It is not like you are using your life savings on one anyway.

The Soft Pads

SteelSeries QcK Large  (formerly known as QcK+) has become the go-to mouse pad among CS:GO players due to its unbeatable value for money ratio and SteelSeries QcK Heavy  is a thicker version of it. You can’t go wrong with either of these unless you know for sure that you want a hard pad.

BenQ ZOWIE G-SR  is almost as widely used as the QcK’s and it is slightly bigger in size. These three are the ones we recommend the most, but if you don’t like their design the rest of the list are just as great but a bit more expensive than the QcK Large and similar to GS-R.

The Hard Pads and Hybrid

I have never been a hard pad guy so these are picked purely because they are the most used in professional Counter-Strike.

Corsair MM600 promises to deliver the best of both worlds with it’s dual-sided design but in reality the “soft” side of it is not as soft as the real soft pads on the list as both sides are made of polymer. It still is a decent choice if you are still looking for that perfect touch.

Best Extended Mouse Pads - The Bigger The Better?

SteelSeries QcK XXL

If you want to get fancy you might want to consider an XXL or extended mouse pad or mouse mat as they tend to be called.

These are meant to be under both your keyboard and mouse, providing a consistent surface for the whole front of your desk. Whether this is actually even useful is quite dubious to say the least, but some people like it just for the aesthetics. By no means is an extended mouse pad necessary for CS:GO however – you couldn’t even fit one into 90% of the LAN events.

If you want to go full MICHU (he plays at 312 truesens which is ridiculously low) you might get some small benefit out of want – provided that you have gigantic mouse space on your desk.

What Mouse Pads Do Pro CS:GO Players Use?

Infographic about most used mouse pads by professional CS:GO players

According to our data, the most used mouse pads among CS:GO pros are:

  1. BenQ ZOWIE G-SR  (30%)
  2. SteelSeries QcK Heavy  (15.4%)
  3. Logitech G640  (10.8%)
  4. Razer Gigantus  (9.2%)
  5. BenQ ZOWIE G-SR-SE  (6.9%)

Statistics are from the top 30 CS:GO teams in the world.

If we examine the distribution by brands, the results are:

  1. BenQ ZOWIE (36.9%)
  2. SteelSeries (21.5%)
  3. Logitech (11.5%)
  4. Razer (11.5%)
  5. Other (18.5%)

Over the recent years there has been a noticeable shift in CS:GO pro mouse pads: BenQ ZOWIE and SteelSeries have swapped places. When this article was originally published SteelSeries was the most used mouse pad brand (33% share) among pro CS:GO players, Zowie being second with a share of 24.5%. 

The data was gathered in January 2020 from multiple sources including various “pro gear” sites, Liquipedia, players’ Twitter and Twitch accounts, always picking the most recently updated information. For all players in the top 30 teams mouse pad information was not available, hence the total number of entries is 130 instead of 150 (30*5).

Which Mouse Pad Should I Get?

Obviously no one can outright answer this question for you. It’s like someone telling you if you should get cotton or silk boxers.

However, there is one aspect that the newcomers to the game too often neglect: size. This is purely because they are not familiar with how games that require extreme precision are played: at low sensitivity.

Low sensitivity is of course a very subjective measure but compared to vast majority of people – who play games casually (if they play at all) and are not comfortable with having to move their mouse a lot while playing – almost every pro players’ sensitivity would be considered as low.

The mats we are about to introduce to you are gaming mouse pads and the viewpoint we have on the subject is focused on competitive FPS games which require extreme mouse precision.

However, we are fairly certain that there is no better purpose for benchmarking mouse pads than professional gaming (CS:GO in this case) – these gaming mouse mats are also perfect for any other purpose such as doing graphical work that requires mouse precision. If you have stumbled upon this article and your needs are somewhere else than performing well at CS:GO, you can rest assured that all of the products we are about to introduce feature the basics like non slip / rubber base bottoms.

What you won’t find below are the office worker gimmicks like ergonomic wrist rests or wrist pads, and you are more than likely to be surprised by the large size of these.

Hard Pad or Soft Pad?

Soft pad

A mouse pad with soft fabric on top, smooth surface, slower to move mouse around

Hard pad

A mouse pad with hard plastic surface on top, faster to move mouse around

These are pretty self-explanatory: on a hard pad your mouse will move faster and vice versa.

Whichever suits you better is something you will have to test out for yourself but in general vast majority of good players tend to use soft mats. Personally I think they give you a better feel and precision on your mouse movements. There are some variations in the cloth that soft pads are made of, but the differences between these are best measured by your own hand and mouse.

If you’ve never laid your hands on an actual gaming mouse pad, the chances are you have never even tried a soft pad as the majority of your average office and home mouse pads are hard.