Nowadays, many professional Apex Legends players leave their mouse and keyboard behind to start playing with controllers.
The debate about whether the controller is better than the mouse and keyboard has been going on for years, even long before Apex Legends gained the popularity it has right now. However, the debate is back with a vengeance since the release of Apex Legends in 2019; because controllers have been integrated so well into the game.
The integration of controllers into the game has been so successful that many professional gamers have decided to switch from their mouse and keyboard to play with controllers. Players like Phillip “ImperialHal” Dosen and Mac “Albralelie” Beckwith play with controllers.
That major change years ago was considered a total crime but is a consistent option.
Many may wonder what has motivated some professional gamers to play with controllers. If you want to know why, read on.
Apex Legends pro gamers are switching to controllers
All Apex Legends users who play with controllers have certain limitations compared to users who play with a keyboard and mouse. For example, players cannot move around when playing with controllers while looting safes.
However, the controllers provide players with a very powerful advantage. It is an incredible aiming assistant, which is of a very high level and can be a determining factor in the middle of a heated battle.
The aiming assistant is of such a quality that LANimals pro player Albralelie has commented on it. Albralelie states that he finds no reason to continue using the keyboard and mouse; however, it would be acceptable sometimes.
Can't think of a reason as a competitor to stay on MnK. For casual play MnK is fine, but to compete? Idk man, I think roller is just better in every way if you're capable of playing it. Probably gonna hang up the keys and swap in this 2 month off season we've got 🤠
— Albralelie (@TSM_Albralelie) May 15, 2023
Statistics from the ALGS Split One and Two held in 2022 and 2023, respectively, have corroborated the quality of the aiming assistant.
On the other hand, it is important to note that in each of the Apex competitive regions, two or more players are among the top five players with the most kills in the top division.
In addition, among the top 10 players in the eliminations, four used controllers. In the case of the top players in North America, five have played with controllers.
The effect of controller use has also transcended to the second division, and many players have used controllers. Specifically, two-thirds of the top 20 NA players have played with controllers instead of a keyboard and mouse.
The quality of the Apex Legends aims to assist controllers
The decision by many professional gamers to put aside the keyboard and mouse speaks highly of the game’s aiming assistant. Pros are convinced that with the right settings, controllers are the best entry-level option for playing Apex Legends.
However, this is subjective because it depends entirely on the player’s taste. Nevertheless, the trend of professional players’ input change is specifically due to the aiming assistant.