I am sorry for noticing this thread late. I actually own a ironclad. From what i experienced, this is the best mouse pad i have ever seen and used. Surface is very smooth, great for any kind of game. I use a razer mamba mouse on it, and and it gives me great control. Now enough with the good sides, yes its surface may wear off. It happened to me, so i changed it. second mouse pad hasn't got any problems -yet-. Look friend it is a really great mouse pad but it may make really angry after paying that much money. (I live in Turkey, I bought it for 90$ and mamba for 165$, in USA i guess prices are around 50$ for ironclad which is still too high for a pad) you could try scarab, destructor or goliathus too. They are really good mouse pads. If you have any further questions, please reply to this.