League of Legends, Starcraft II and DoTA all have at least one thing in common: you view your units/hero from a third person perspective. This is largely because the MOBA (Multi Online Battle Arena) genre, consisting of both Legends of Legends and DoTA, evolved from the RTS (Real Time Strategy) game Warcraft III. The similar viewing angle and clicking requirements are the community from all three games worship similar mice.
All three of these mice have the same characteristics: minimalistic design. League of Legends, Starcraft II and DoTA are not macro heavy (macro meaning bindable in-game skills/options) games, so you don’t need the 18 buttons a Razer Naga might offer. In fact, players of the RTS and MOBA genre often find extra buttons annoyances, as an accidental tapping of a button can has drastic in-game consequences (especially if its for DPI adjustment!). It is worth mentioning, however, that some League of Legends and DoTA players like to bind commonly bought items to mouse buttons, but this does not warrant having more than a few.
3. Microsoft IntelliMouse
Let’s start out with the fact that the Microsoft IntelliMouse can be purchased new for a mere $20. That is at least $20 cheaper than any of the other mice reviewed. The IntelliMouse was not designed as a gaming mouse, but many gamers (especially older ones) feel in love with the simplicity and comfort of the design. With this mouse, you definitely do not have to worry about accidentally hitting buttons, as the mouse is about as bare bones as it gets. Want simplicity, comfort and affordability? Look no further, as the IntelliMouse 3.0 easily gives the most bang for the buck, while still remaining gaming quality.
2. Razer Abyssus
The Abyssus is a solid, no-frills gaming mouse. Designed with 3 buttons and a flat black layout, the Abyssus has a minimalistic theme, which works great for RTS games like Starcraft 2, in which buttons are often more an annoyance than an aid.
The Abyssus is a great choice if you really just want a simple mouse, with gaming quality components. A smaller-midsized mouse, the Abysuss is excellent to gamers who use a “claw” grip, or simply don’t like larger, bulky mice. The Abyssus is also noticeably lighter than other popular mice, which can really help when you need to make lightning-quick, across-the-screen movements.
If you employ the fingertip/claw method of clicking, the Abyssus is highly recommended.
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