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Best CSGO mouse, keyboard, headphones that the pros are using

Published: 13/Jan/2021 4:27

by Alan Bernal

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The top players in CSGO know a thing or two about the right peripherals to have in order to get an edge in the popular Valve shooter, and here’s what they’ve been using so far in 2021.

Whether you’re trying to pick up a new mouse from a longtime trusted brand or want to experiment with a peripheral from a new player in the industry, there are a lot of things to consider when buying new gear.

Counter-Strike players are always looking to strike that perfect balance between comfort, price, and, of course, features. But the pool of options isn’t exactly small.

There are dozens of companies, who each have dozens of options in most price points. It’s why some people like to take a short cut and simply opt for what the pros are using in their setup.

Esports database, ProSettings, compiled what they’ve recorded from the competitive CSGO community and are starting to see different equipment being used in everything ranging from mouses to keyboards.

Although the year is short and new releases are sure to change some of these featured in the rankings, there are early trends for what professionals are carrying.

Here’s the breakdown:

Mouse

  1. Zowie EC
  2. Logitech G Pro Wireless
  3. Zowie FK
  4. Logitech G Pro X Superlight

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Keyboard

  1. HyperX Alloy FPS (+FPS Pro)
  2. XTRFY K2 RGB
  3. Logitech G Pro X
  4. Razer Blackwidow

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Headset

  1. HyperX Cloud II
  2. Logitech G Pro X
  3. HyperX Cloud Alpha
  4. Sennheiser GSP 600

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Monitors

  1. Zowie XL2546
  2. Zowie XL2540
  3. Zowie XL2546K
  4. ASUS PG259QN

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Mousepads

  1. SteelSeries QCK Heavy
  2. Zowie G-SR
  3. Zowie G-SR-SE
  4. Logitech G640

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As far as which one is best for you, there’s no better test than getting to use the equipment in person. But since that might be difficult for many, then you can at least get a cheat sheet for what the top tier players are already using.

ProSettings said that in some categories, like mousepads, some of these stats could be attributed to what people are already used to.

Regardless, if you are on the market for your next upgrade or simply don’t know where to start researching for the best CSGO gear you can get, then it’s good to see what the pros are taking into their games.

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Jamppi to Valorant? VAC banned CSGO pro considering switch following legal proceedings

Published: 15/Jan/2021 12:58 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 13:00

by Connor Bennett

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A new report from a Finnish newspaper has suggested that VAC banned CSGO pro Elias ‘Jamppi⁠’ Olkkonen is considering a switch to Valorant as he steps down from ENCE. 

For a few year, Jamppi has been considered as one of Counter-Strike’s biggest rising stars. The 19-year-old was set to join the OG roster following their step into CS:GO, however, that move fell through.

The problem is, the Finnish star has a VAC ban to his name, so, he can’t play in CS:GO’s premier events – the Majors – even though a number of tournament organizers have allowed him to play in their own events.

With him and his family contesting the ban, Jamppi joined ENCE in the hopes that, at some point, he’d be able to play at Majors. However, there have been a few missteps in his argument, and he hasn’t come any closer to having the VAC ban taken away. That, alongside some roster turmoil with ENCE, has got him seemingly considering his options.

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Jamppi was VAC banned in 2015 at the age of 14.

According to a report from the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, the 19-year-old is apparently considering a switch to VALORANT as ENCE considers a number of roster moves.

It comes after a report from DBLTap’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis stated that ENCE were in discussions with Danish duo Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer and Thomas ‘TMB’ Bundsbæk about joining up with their active lineup alongside Aleksi ‘allu⁠’ Jalli, Joonas ‘doto⁠’ Forss, and Tuomas ‘SADDYX⁠’ Louhimaa.

That, ultimately, leaves Jamppi without a spot as the CS:GO 2021 season starts to ramp up in preparation for the PGL Stockholm Major in October.

CS:GO pro Jamppi in ENCE interview
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Jamppi is considering a switch to VALORANT, according to reports.

If he decides to go to VALORANT, as IS reports, Jamppi would join a list of other CS:GO pros who have been banned from playing at a Major – including Joshua ‘steel’ Nissan and Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce.

As for where he could go, well, there are a few teams who would certainly make space for the 19-year-old – especially if he could show as much promise in the Riot Games shooter as he does in CS:GO. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.