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Multiplayer online battle arenas or MOBAs have become extremely popular the last couple of years. As such I've gotten a lot of questions about what a good gaming mouse or keyboard would be for this exploding genre.
While it's true that a decent keyboard mouse combo is certainly ok for these types of games, there are a few mice that stick out to me as the best for the MOBA genre that will free up your left hand for additional items, spells, and control groups.
5 Top Rated MOBA Gaming Mice for DOTA 2 and LOL
Razer Naga Hex V2
When considering a few different gaming mice for our MMORPG list I had to include this mice simply because it's so much more functional than a mouse like the typical Naga. Because there are only seven grid buttons they're simpler to memorize and easier to reach and it just feels more ergonomic as well.
The Razer Naga Hex V2 is an accurate mouse that uses Razer's latest True 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor and has a 10 million click life cycle along with a braided cable for longevity.
This is a pretty good mouse for the money and probably my favorite along with the G602 when it comes to MOBA style games.
Prefer the 12-button grid layout and don't want to pay for a name? Here's a mouse that is cheaper and better in many ways than mice that are twice the cost.
Maybe you've heard the name and maybe you haven't but regardless the UtechSmart Venus delivers in terms of value and functionality.
I reviewed this product a couple of years ago on my YouTube channel and was surprised how much it felt like the Razer Naga. It's fairly accurate with an Avago sensor and up to 16,400 DPI.
Most importantly it has up to 18 programmable buttons along with 56 savable memory profiles. It is fairly heavy when compared to the gaming mice I use for FPS genre games; however, once you get used to the grid pad it's ideal for games like WoW.
There's not much to dislike about the UtechSmart Venus. Additional features like weight tuning are nice, although will likely go unused by many. Overall it's a top budget mouse; well-made, accurate, looks good, and comes with a ton of programmable buttons.
A Good MOBA and FPS Mouse
Play more than just one genre of game? I'm in the same situation. I love playing games like League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm, and Diablo 3. On Fridays, I switch to FPS games like CS:GO and Battlefield 1. You can check out my list of FPS and RTS gaming mice here.
So, if you're looking for a mouse like that, take a look at the SteelSeries Rival 500.
SteelSeries Rival 500 MMO / MOBA Gaming Mouse
The SteelSeries Rival 500 looks and feels fantastic with 9 different colors and a smooth layout. The buttons are placed throughout the mouse in a very ergonomic fashion that feels natural. What's more, SteelSeries put a Pixart 3360 Optical sensor in it. So, it's more accurate than your typical laser Moba mouse.
The quality is good as well. With a durable shell and 30 million click lifespan, it should last a long time for even the most dedicated pros. Specifically, the right and left click buttons have reinforced plastic that makes the mouse feel more consistent and hardy.
Overall this is a great mouse from SteelSeries and a good alternative to something like the G502. Compared to the G502, the Rival has a few more buttons, a good grip to it, and costs around $10 more.
Here's another really solid MMO mouse I've had the chance to use, the Logitech G602. It's a wireless mouse which adds some additional freedom and it comes with up to 11 programmable buttons.
A quick note on those 11 buttons. The ones that really make sense to me are the 6 on the main thumb grid to the side and the 2 on the top left. This puts them in a position that's not only useful, but that simply makes sense.
As far as the wireless is concerned it requires 2 AA batteries which last up to 250 hours while gaming. In my opinion this is preferable to having to plug in the cord and have it charge a while constantly. Just keep a spare pair of batteries somewhere near your desk and you're good for 500 hours.
This mouse doubles as a great MMORPG mouse and is comfortable after many hours of play due to its ergonomic design and thumb rest.
Final Thoughts: If you're looking for a newer option, then my opinion this is the one to get for MOBA games. It's comfortable, inexpensive and accurate as well.
Thermaltake VOLOS MOBA Mouse
If you're looking for an easy button layout, then I really like the look and feel of the Volos gaming mouse from Thermaltake as well. It has 4 conveniently placed buttons on the side, which remind me of an Xbox controller, and two additional ones further down the line. The further separation of these buttons allows for few miss clicks and is preferred but a few gamers that I've seen.
With an Avaga laser sensor with up to 8200 DPI you get sensitivity and accuracy. In addition with high-quality Omron switches you get a life expectancy on this mouse of up to 5 million clicks.
While I'd probably prefer the G602 setup to a mouse like this there is certainly room in the market for this configuration.
Logitech's G300S A Good Budget MOBA Mouse
We all know that it's practice, and not the mouse you use, that will help you reach your goal of becoming the best gamer in the world.
If you want a mouse that's a bit more practical than the other options we've featured, then consider the G300S. I like it because of it's 6 G buttons on the top of the mouse. These are easily accessible by your fingers and as such are a little more twitch-sensitive. In other words, it's a little bit easier to click more quickly with them.
For $30 your getting a mouse that really doesn't lack anything. It's ambidextrous ergonomic design works for most hand sizes and the optical gaming sensor is accurate enough for LOL or Dota 2.
What's the Best MOBA Mouse for LOL or Dota?
MOBA MMO Mouse Buying Guide
DPI is typically Sufficient on Most Gaming Mice
The term DPI simply means dots per inch and typically increases the speed and sensitivity of the mose, not accuracy, at which you can move across the screen. Set it too high and you'll end up missing your target. Set it too low and it'll take forever to get there. While it is important to have flexibility here, ultimately most mice built for gaming have more DPI than nearly every type of gamer needs.
6 Programmable Buttons is Enough
While a MMORPG mouse may need 12 or more buttons typically MOBAs don't need more than six. These can be arranged throughout the mouse itself or in a grid arrangement.
Sensor Accuracy and Why Laser is Ok here:
While a mouse used strictly for FPS should probably be one that's optical and without acceleration most MOBA users don't need to be so picky. In fact, a laser-grade mouse may prove beneficial to certain types of players.
Overall you may have to try out a few mice before finding the one that's right for your particular hands. Finding what works best for you will make you a slightly better gamer in the end.
Have a gaming mouse that you can't live without? I'd love to hear about it in the comment section below.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2013 Brandon Hart
Interactive MOBA Gaming Mouse Discussion Area
angie_x on May 23, 2018:
and corsair scimitar?
yorgash on January 27, 2018:
Naga Hex has laser sensor - which puts it instantly on the red when it comes to anything close to pro gaming. It also has that horrid wheel which is simply inaccessible for fast responses, rendering its whole functionality useless besides its basic buttons.
There is a proper reason why not one of tens of thousands of pro players in any genre consider that mouse for buying.
HyzerRay on September 20, 2017:
Logitech G600 is too valuable with it's third click button (used for attack/move).
DaanLolproGames on May 31, 2016:
i'm gonna buy the razer naga HEX for LOL