A quality keyboard might not seem like the most important piece of esports gear, but it’s still a crucial component for playing just about every title. Shooters use, at the very least, a handful of keys for movement, and more complex genres like real-time strategy and MOBAs rely heavily on much of the keyboard. Plus, it’s one of the biggest and flashiest PC gaming accessories. It’s no wonder pro gamers want one that works well and looks good.
We were debating on including this in here, however ultimately we thought, “we need to put all of this gear on something, right?” Desks were probably the most difficult to choose ‘just one’ as a recommendation, since we actually prefer L-desks for not only gaming but office work and leisure computer use. This particular model however caught our eye for a few reasons. For one, it’s relatively affordable as compared to some higher-end desks that cost almost a grand or more. The Arena also has a nice amount of space to it at 14 square feet, and what’s even more nifty is the fact that the entire surface is a ‘custom mouse pad’ so you can have as much space as you need to move your mouse as opposed to relying on a more limited external mouse pad.
Jebaited is the face of well-known fighting game tournament organizer Alex Jebailey, who’s infamous for his enormous ego. According to a comment on Reddit’s OutOfTheLoop, “His ego is so big that he was actually made into a character in the game Divekick, and his head grows in size every time he wins a round.” “Jebaited” is just a funnier way of saying “baited,” as in being tricked into falling for a trap or ruse. Players and viewers can both be “jebaited” in various ways.
FeelsBadMan and FeelsGoodMan are two of the most popular Pepe the Frog variations, alongside EZ and PepeHands that we’ll get into below. The emote is based on artist Matt Furie’s Pepe the Frog, a longstanding comic character that became co-opted and weaponized by the alt-right during the 2016 election cycle. It’s one of the most recognizable memes on the internet, but Know Your Meme’s Caldwell said its use as an emote on Twitch is particularly interesting. The rest of the world associates Pepe the Frog with political ties, but Caldwell suggests that Twitch’s Pepe use remains largely unpolitical.
To get you up to speed, we’ve compiled a list of popular emotes below, with the intention of adding more if any rise in popularity, and updating the explanations if the emotes change in meaning. If a particular emote isn’t on the list, but is popular within the circle of streamers you follow, the best way to understand what it means and how it’s used is to ask in chat, on Twitter or check out the streamer’s Reddit page for further details.
While you might not be as good as the pros, that doesn’t mean you can’t use the exact same tools they do to up your own game. We’ve looked at the esports competitive gaming gear used by the top players in some of the biggest games and collected the best of the best among controllers, mice, keyboards, headsets and more. This is what it takes to play like a pro.
This wireless router was built specifically to make your Xbox One's wireless Internet connection faster. It automatically detects your Xbox when it's connected and prioritizes network traffic to it. Linksys says this router reduces peak ping times by 65% to help deliver smooth, lag-free gaming. The router is equipped with four Ethernet ports, a USB 3.0 jack, and four dual-band antennas.
Your favorite video game characters can now interact with your video games using near field communication (NFC) technology. By placing one of these figures on a compatible system, you can open new features in a game.You can find a large selection of toys to life figures, starter packs and accessories, including Skylanders, LEGO Dimensions and Nintendo's amiibo at Best Buy stores and BestBuy.com.
Now let’s get into some console gaming. The Razer Wildcat is simply going to take your Xbox gaming or computer via USB to the next level. Fully equipped with multi-function buttons, this is a controller that has the ability to remap other controls that are within it. Whether you are fighting combat on the battlefield or juking your opponent on the gridiron, one thing is for sure, the Razer Wildcat is built for additional control as well as reliability when compared to stock controllers.
The emote is mostly innocuous, though in recent years it’s been used with racist connotations by some Twitch users. By mid-2016 and into 2017, users would spam the screen with TriHard whenever a black streamer appeared, often punctuating racist remarks made in-chat. TriHex finally spoke about the emote’s weaponization. He argued that banning the emote meant the bad actors won when there was nothing obscene or offensive about the emote’s conception.
When it comes to which gear for your own gaming experience and skills should be upgraded, it will ultimately come down to personal preference. We know a few of our friends who are just about professional gamers (big Fortnite people) who prefer an old mechanical keyboard and beat up mouse pad; however, when it comes to their mouse, headset and overall PC rig, they’re constantly on the prowl for the latest upgrades. Others we’ve spoken to can get by with just about any gaming gear as long as it works, while some others we know are consistently trying to get that edge over their opponents in any way possible.