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Playoff stage of TI9 regional qualifiers for SEA, CIS and SA are set

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

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After two days of the group stage, the playoffs are set for the TI9 regional qualifiers for SEA, CIS, and SA. 

Three of the six regions are already knee deep in the TI9 regional qualifiers - SEA, CIS, and SA. Four teams remain, only one will prevail per region by the end of tomorrow's gameplay. 

TI9 regional qualifier playoffs

  • Double-elimination bracket
  • Grand final is played in a Bo5
  • All other matches are played in a Bo3
  • Winner qualifies for the final tournament

SEA recap/brackets

 Team Jinesbrus (the Korean plus Nico "Gunnar" Lopez stack) continued to dominate the region, taking the first place slot with relative ease.  Team Adroit and Team Amplify (both Filipino teams comprised of veteran players) had come in through the open qualifiers and are making some considerable waves. In the end Mineski with their revamped roster had climbed back up the ladder to secure a playoff spot after a rough start that looked worrisome at first. 

Upper Bracket

Lower Bracket

Round 1 - Best of 3

Round 2 - Best of 3

Final

CIS recap/brackets

It was a shocking disappointment for fans, and players of Gambit -who was not able to clinch that elusive spot. The CIS team who had an impressive run during the 2018-2019 season and barely missed out on a TI9 invite was the clear favorite to take the CIS slot. However, the team that showed up to the qualifiers, was not the same team that showed grit and perseverance through the season. A solid first day was followed by a disastrous day 2. In the first match of the day, an early 'GG call"/ragequit would prove to be the first step in a downward spiral for the team. 

After that, the pressure and internal conditions most likely got to the members and they started to fall behind quickly in their matches, losing their footing and eventually their spot in the playoffs. A successful year came crashing down around them in a disappointing finish. 

Meanwhile, the new Vega Squadron came to play - and destroy. The Russian based team consumed all of their opponents one by one to finish with a spectacular undefeated run in the group stage. 

Upper Bracket

Lower Bracket

Round 1 - Best of 3

Round 2 - Best of 3

Final

SA recap/brackets

The newly signed Infamous, consisting of the famed Team Anvorgesa who has won over hearts of many from not only the region but the world, ended up in the first place slot as expected. 

Team Ham, the 4/5 European team playing out of the region, had their ups and downs. On the brink of it all where a win could mean at least forcing a tie-breaker - the team threw away their 10k gold lead and win against Infamous about 37 minutes in with two bad back-to-back team fights. The team was knocked out of contention. 

Upper Bracket

Lower Bracket

Round 1 - Best of 3

Round 2 - Best of 3

Final

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. Thus far, 12 teams are confirmed to attend - Team SecretVirtus ProEvil GeniusesViCi GamingFnaticPSG.LGDTeam LiquidNiPOGKeen GamingTNC Predator and Alliance. The current prize pool has exceeded $25 million and that of TI8 (more than $23 million added by crowdfunding) with more than one month still to go until the big event. 

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Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani
Pandora is a behind the scenes Dota 2 professional Jack of All Trades. When not busy with Dota 2 work, she is out trying to save the world or baking cupcakes. Follow her on Twitter @pandoradota2

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