Snapfire; TI9 new hero announcement

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

Keeping in tradition, a new hero has been announced at TI9 to be released in the fall. 

Over the last few years, Valve has announced a new hero (or two) during The International. This, year, slightly earlier than expected, Valve did another big reveal - Snapfire - and we love her. 

This smack talkin' Auntie who seems to feed her allies cookies rides on a dragon and fires on all cylinders. No doubt she's already won over the hearts of the fans and we can't possibly be alone in pining for her to enter the game. Check it out if you missed it, or, if you are like us and can't get enough, watch it over and over again!

Snapfire is expected to arrive in the fall.

Previous hero announcements

At TI6 fans were treated to the release of the hero Underlord and teased about the introduction of Monkey King.

It was at The International 2017, Valve revealed the release of two new heroes -  fighting pangolin we now know as Pango and a mythical spirit of the air, a sylph, we now call Dark Willow. 

After the last series of the day during the main stage of The International 2018, Valve revealed the release of two new heroes - Grimstroke, who was immediately available to play and Mars, who was slated to arrive for the winter season

TI9 Main Event

Main Event dates - August 20th - August 25th, 2019

  • Sixteen teams play in a double-elimination format over six days.

    • Eight teams begin in the Upper Bracket, eight in the Lower Bracket.

    • First Lower Bracket round is Bo1, Grand Finals are Bo5, all other rounds are Bo3.


  • Main Event - Day 5 (UB Finals, LB Round 4 & 5): August 24th

  • Main Event - Day 6 (LB Finals, Grand Finals): August 25th

TI9 Streams


Twitch:  Main ChannelStream #2Stream #3Stream #4Stream #5

 Newcomer Channel

MultiTwitch:  Streams 2+3+4+5


Twitch:  Main ChannelStream #2Stream #3Stream #4Stream #5

MultiTwitch:  Streams 2+3+4+5


Twitch:  Main ChannelStream #2Stream #3Stream #4Stream #5

MultiTwitch:  Streams 2+3+4+5

Other Streams:

Pod #1 | Pod #2 | Main Hall | Workshop

Other Languages:


The International 9

Valve will bring the biggest Dota 2 event of the year to the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China.  All 18 teams are confirmed to attend - Team Secret, Virtus Pro, Evil Geniuses, ViCi Gaming, Fnatic, PSG.LGD, Team Liquid, NiP, OG, Keen Gaming, TNC Predator, Alliance, Mineski, Na'Vi, Infamous, RNG, Chaos and Newbee. The prize pool has exceeded $25 million and that of TI8 (more than $23 million added by crowdfunding) and is now over $32 million. 



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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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