Best Mouse and Sensitivity for Overwatch

In a fps game (such as Overwatch), the mouse, dpi and e-dpi are very important to get a perfect aim. We decided to use our dababase with more than 40 pro players to analyse which mouse is the most used. Let’s go (excel pro) :

For lazy people:

TOP 1 : Logitech G Pro Gaming
TOP 2 Logitech G502
Top 3 Zowie FK1

Top mices

TOP 1: Logitech G ProTOP 2: Logitech G502TOP 3: Zowie FK1
Used by: Seagull, Hiden, JesusUsed by: Alphacast, KnOxXx, Miro, SpreeUsed by: Talepsin, Internethulk, chipshajen, HarryHook..
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Best sensitivity for Overwatch

Most used Overwatch Sensitivity : 5 – 7 – 6 – 4 – 2.5 – 10 – 8
Most used mouse DPI : 800 – 1600 -400 – 1000 – 900
Most used eDPI : 4000 – 4800 – 5600 – 3200 – 6400 – 8000

What is eDPI? To calculate your eDPI, you have to do this calculation: you overwatch sensitivity x your mouse DPI. For example, if you have 1000dpi and you have 2 overwatch sensitivity, you have eDPI. That’s so easy 🙂

An Analysis of Pro Mouse Sensitivities

Mouse sensitivity matters. It’s a contentious topic where many err on the side of “Use a sensitivity that’s comfortable and just practice more”. It would be nice if it were that simple, but there’s complex physiological and cognitive mechanics at play that strongly indicate this is not true.

Quick Look At Competitive Players

A quick look at competitive Overwatch players mouse sensitivities reveals the average player uses an in-game sens of 6.3 on an 800 DPI mouse.  So that’s equivalent to 27.5cm per 360 degree of camera movement. There are always going to be outliers as we see players like uNKOE of Rogue playing at 7.5 cm/360 and on the other end of the spectrum Ryujehong of Lunatic Hai playing at 75cm/360.

How to choose my Overwatch sensitivity ?

Great, we’re looking at a range between 7.5cm/360 and 75cm/360, how does that help me choose a sensitivity? For now ignoring the outliers is the smart way to go, there’s a reason they’re outliers as very few people are able to perform with that particular setting. The average of 27.5cm/360 is what should be looked at. Almost every competitive player plays within about 24cm/360 and 40cm/360. Why is this? In a game like Overwatch that features high mobility and tight hitboxes you need to have excellent aim to consistently land shots both when trading at range and when fighting up close with enemies moving about erratically. This range of sensitivities allows for a safe mix of accuracy and maneuverability which is why pro players have gravitated towards this over time.

There are numerous factors that can dictate what sensitivities are viable to use. If you aim with your wrist sitting at the edge of the desk, you’re going to struggle with anything above 24cm/360~. If you aim with your arm on the desk you can play to a very low sensitivity but you may become limited by your mousepad space. If you’re wondering about what arm aiming is or how to do it you can check out https://youtu.be/hcuCrGqEFhk and if you think your mousepad may be too small for lower sensitivities check out:

Should I change sensitivities between heroes?

The aiming requirements of different heroes in Overwatch can vary vastly between hitscan damage heroes and tanks like Reinhardt and Winston. This results in the competitive players often having a mouse sensitivity that reflects their role. Typically tank players have a higher sensitivity as the heroes aren’t as aim reliant, although it’s not an excuse to simply ignore your aiming skill as heroes like Zarya and Roadhog are still very aim reliant and if you ever have to flex off tank you don’t want to be useless. The type of damage hero you play can also impact what sensitivity is most suitable. For example Taimou who is renowned for his hitscan ability, especially on McCree plays on 63cm/360 whilst ShaDowBurn who is famous for being an incredible Genji main plays on 13.85 cm/360. McCree has limited mobility and relies very heavily on aim, so to an extent the lower sensitivity the better. Genji on the other hand has very high mobility and therefore requires very drastic changes in aiming, 180 spins and very swift re-targeting which tends itself better toward relatively higher sensitivities. Please note I don’t think that players wanting to main Genji should necessarily play on ShaDowBurn’s sensitivity as he is an outlier and I would recommend something on the lower end of the pro spectrum like 24.7cm/360 to 30~cm/360.

I would like to bring up something I mentioned earlier about a widely accepted idea that you should only play on what’s comfortable. Many players have only played on 1 sensitivity, often the default. To know what’s comfortable you have to be willing to give the other options a good shot. I used to play on about 15cm/360 but put a great deal of effort into researching and learning about the best aiming methods and analysing pro players and have consistently dropped my sensitivity over time all the way to 54cm/360 in Overwatch. I would use even lower (about 70cm/360) but I use Rapid Twitch Aiming (https://youtu.be/-3iixD8Fhs8) which becomes quite tough above 55cm/360.

Pro Overwatch players are dedicated to being the best and there is much to be learned from them. Not every pro player has godly gaming genetics, they’ve simply put in the work and have the right mindset in making themselves the best players they can be. Avoiding figuring out your ideal settings is self-handicapping behaviour stopping you from playing at your potential.

If you’re interested in learning about the mechanics of aiming and just about everything else you need to improve in Overwatch, take a look at The Ultimate Overwatch Guide here > www.elevateoverwatch.com

Median ranges based on overwatch heroes

DPS heroes

Overwatch DPS Pro players range

eDPI : 4800
DPI : 928
Overwatch sensitivity : 7

Defense heroes

Tank heroes

Overwatch Tank players

eDPI : 6841
DPI : 1058
Overwatch sensitivity : 8

Support heroes

Overwatch Support players

eDPI : 4833
DPI : 1010
Overwatch sensitivity : 6

Overwatch Flex players

eDPI : 4480
DPI : 928
Overwatch sensitivity : 6

All players

eDPI : 5097
DPI : 959
Overwatch sensitivity : 6

Reinhardt pro players

According to the community, we can tell that top Reinhardt players are: Reinforce, Cocco, Kaiser, Miro and Superplouk. Good news, we gathered settings from all of them :). So, if you Reinhardt is your main character, here are some useful information you should know about how top over watch play the hero:

Reinforce overwatch settings (in few words: overwatch sensitivity 6.2 and 800 DPI).
Cocco settings
(4 in-game sensitivity, 1600 DPI).
Superplouk settings
(6 sensitivity, 800 DPI).
Miro settings
(10 in-game sensitivity)

Soldier76 pro players

HarryHook settings (6 overwatch sensitivity, 6/11 in windows)
Surefour settings (5.5 in-game sensitivity and 900 dpi).
Bromas settings (4.5 overwatch sensitivity and 800 DPI – 500 Mouse HZ).

Tracer top players

SoOn settings
Surefour settings
Mendokusaii settings

Genji top players

Shadder2K settings
TviQ settings
Surefour settings

Lucio top players

KnoXxX settings (9 overwatch sensitivity, 800 DPI)
HarryHook settings (6 overwatch sensitivity, 6/11 in windows)
Chipshajen settings (5 overwatch sensitivity with 800 DPI)
Hidan settings (8.9 in-game sensitivity with 800 DPI)

Mercy top players

Chipshajen settings (5 overwatch sensitivity with 800 DPI)
Adam settings

Hanzo top players

Tviq settings
Seagull settings
Mendokusaii settings

Winston top players

Miro settings
Internethulk settings

Roadhog top players

Hymzi settings
Taimou settings

Bastion top players

Tviq settings
Seagull settings
Surefour settings

Pharah top players

Talespin settings
Tviq settings
Seagull settings
Surefour settings

Junkrat top players

Talespin settings
Tviq settings
Seagull settings