Vici Gaming leaks The International 9 dates

Dota 2 Jingrui “Frosty_The_Cat” Xing


One of four teams to secure a spot at The International 9, Vici Gaming revealed on Weibo that they already have knowledge of the dates for the annual event.

Back in August 2018, Valve announced that for the first time in the history of The International, the next iteration would be held outside of North America, in Shanghai, China, although the exact dates on which the event will happen is yet to be officially disclosed. 

The Chinese esports powerhouse Vici Gaming, however, seems to have their early access on the information, as they made a surprising reveal on their Weibo of the schedule to TI9, and called for Dota fans to mark the dates:


According to inside information, the timetable to TI9 is out! Group stage: 8.16~8.18, playoffs: 8.20~8.25. Please adjust your work/study arrangements accordingly in order to enjoy the matches to the fullest :D

Currently ranked 3rd in the DPC system of the 2018~2019 Season, Vici Gaming is among the first 4 teams to secure entrance to TI9, together with Team Secret, Virtus Pro and Evil Geniuses. All four teams have secured the required 3691 points so far. There are still two more sets of DPC events to determine the remaining spots - with OGA Dota PIT Minor happening now. Eight more teams will secure their place by the end of June with EPICENTER Major being the last stop. 

The International 9

Valve will bring the biggest Dota 2 event of the year to the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China —home of infamous Shanghai Major of 2016.  The venue is an indoor arena located on the former grounds of Expo 2010 in Pudong, Shanghai, China, with a seating capacity for 18,000 people.


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Jingrui “Frosty_The_Cat” Xing
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  • "reign333" ,
    TI9 in china will be like a reaper scythe on Dota2's future. Mark my word.
  • Shunzhi "RealityWang" Wang ,
    Wrong translation at crucial point,it says "According to rumor(or gossip)" not "inside information",and it made a big difference at meaning.I'm not sure it is intentional or not,but It can easily done the right translation by google translate.
    • Cristy "Pandoradota2" Ramadani ,
      The author is native Chinese and translated it directly! If you also are native speaker, its interesting you have differing translations.
      • Fei yu "silent4ever" Shang ,
        Yeah, he's right, the word “小道消息” means rumor for sure...... the author got a wrong(or inaccurate)translated here
  • Tian Yi "v3luotianyi" Luo ,
    there will be a stupid monkey from philippines who cannot attend TI9 in China. dats wat he get for ridiculing a country. the small insect doesn't seem to know his place. fyi for the idiots, its a government sanction so valve has no right or power to overrule a country's law. let him learn his lesson
    • "reign333" ,
      Nope. Both your race are monkeys. Only diff. is you got chingchong eyes. I still remember during ti8. Chingchong caster talks about some fungshui bullshit that luck is on their side this year and they would win ti. Chinese are full of craps. From kungfools to fungshits. Brittle egos. Best example like you. At least grow your dick to 5 inches before you talk shit you small eye monkey.
    • Yuu "Yuu-" Kaizaki ,
      Monkey calling another monkey. See who's the racist here? I feel disgusted at your hypocrisy.
      • "reign333" ,
        Hypocrisy? Stupid pignoise, did you see anything in my comment saying I'm NOT being racist in your both motherfucking race. 2monkeys with diff. shape eyes are fighting each other is laughable.


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