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The International 2019

  • Starting date Aug 15, 2019
  • Location Shanghai
  • Venue Mercedes-Benz Arena
  • Format 5v5
The International 2019 is the concluding tournament of the Dota Pro Circuit and the ninth annual edition of The International. For the first time, the tournament will be held on Chinese soil, as it moves to the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. 12 teams earned the right to compete at The International 2019 based off of their acquired points during the 2018-2019 DPC season. Six more teams will earn their right to compete via regional qualifiers.
Sponsor: Valve

General information

Qualifiers

Six qualifiers based on regions

Open Qualifiers (JuLY 3-6)

  • Single Elimination Bracket.
  • Round of 32 and Round of 16 - Bo1 Matches.
  • Quarter and Semi Finals - Bo3 Matches.
  • Number of teams that will qualify to the Regional Qualifiers:
    • CN (4), SEA (6), CIS (3), SA (4), NA (4), EU (6)

Regional Qualifiers (JuLY 11-14)

  • Group Stage
    • All eighteen teams are divided into two groups.
    • Round Robin. Bo1 matches.
    • Top 4 teams advance to playoffs.
    • The bottom 4 teams in each group are eliminated.
  • 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

Main event (Aug 15-25)

Main event taking place at Shanghai, China

More information will be published soon.

China
completed
Starts Jul 3, 2019, 12:00 AM CEST
Participants
CIS
completed
Starts Jul 3, 2019, 12:00 AM CEST
Participants
Europe
completed
Starts Jul 3, 2019, 12:00 AM CEST
Participants
North America
completed
Starts Jul 3, 2019, 12:00 AM CEST
Participants
South America
completed
Starts Jul 3, 2019, 12:00 AM CEST
Participants
Southeast Asia
completed
Starts Jul 3, 2019, 12:00 AM CEST
Participants
China
completed
Starts Jul 5, 2019, 12:00 AM CEST
Participants
CIS
completed
Starts Jul 5, 2019, 12:00 AM CEST
Participants
Europe
completed
Starts Jul 5, 2019, 12:00 AM CEST
Participants
North America
completed
Starts Jul 5, 2019, 12:00 AM CEST
Participants
South America
completed
Starts Jul 5, 2019, 12:00 AM CEST
Participants
Southeast Asia
completed
Starts Jul 5, 2019, 12:00 AM CEST
Participants
CIS
completed
Starts Jul 7, 2019, 12:00 AM CEST
Participants
South America
completed
Starts Jul 7, 2019, 12:00 AM CEST
Participants
China
completed
Starts Jul 11, 2019, 12:00 AM CEST
Participants
Europe
completed
Starts Jul 11, 2019, 12:00 AM CEST
Participants
North America
completed
Starts Jul 11, 2019, 12:00 AM CEST
Participants
Southeast Asia
completed
Starts Jul 11, 2019, 12:00 AM CEST
Participants
China
completed
Starts Jul 8, 2019, 12:00 AM CEST
Participants
CIS
upcoming
Starts Jul 8, 2019, 12:00 AM CEST
Participants
Europe
completed
Starts Jul 8, 2019, 12:00 AM CEST
Participants
North America
upcoming
Starts Jul 8, 2019, 12:00 AM CEST
Participants
South America
upcoming
Starts Jul 8, 2019, 12:00 AM CEST
Participants
CIS
completed
Starts Jul 9, 2019, 12:00 AM CEST
Participants
Southeast Asia
completed
Starts Jul 9, 2019, 12:00 AM CEST
Participants
South America
completed
Starts Jul 10, 2019, 12:00 AM CEST
Participants
China
completed
Starts Jul 11, 2019, 12:00 AM CEST
Participants
Europe
completed
Starts Jul 13, 2019, 12:00 AM CEST
Participants
North America
completed
Starts Jul 14, 2019, 12:00 AM CEST
Participants

News & Features - The International 2019

About The International

Dota 2 was first introduced at The International in 2011 and the evolution of production, prize pool and fanfare has since soared high above any other esports event and has even surpassed the prize funds of some well-known traditional sporting events, such as the Cricket World Cup, The Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, and others.

Valve took a new approach towards the tournaments, by increasing their base prize-pool through crowd funding, raising monetary contributions from large key audiences. The concept, as applied to esports, was first introduced by the company for The International 3, in 2013, with the release of the virtual “compendium”. At that time, the base prizepool of $1,600,000 was increased by an additional $1,374,381 through the sales to the community. This was a drop in the bucket for what was to come in the following years.

The TI8 prize pool was jaw-dropping, recording breaking at a staggering $25,532,177 - a whopping $23,932,177 added by the community. This year, the TI9 prize pool is already outpacing all other years and on par to meet or exceed the final prize amount.

It’s not just the gobsmacking prize pool that draws so much attention. The entire package of production, narrative and high caliber gameplay puts the event over the edge as the pinnacle of all Dota 2 events, if not all esports events.

The International brings about shocking results, fairy-tale storylines and triumphs that will remain in the Dota 2 history. Last year at The International 2018 OG made a spectacular Cinderella story when their team was thrown in a last minute disarray when two of their star players left the team and forced OG into the European Open qualifiers. OG pushed their way through, dominated the regional qualifiers and then overpowered all of their opponents through the group stage and upper brackets for a thrilling 3:2 win over PSG.LGD in the grand finals.

With past spectacular production including augmented reality features on stage, live orchestra for the opening ceremony, special guest artist Lindsey Stirling, a stage that had special effects in synch with hero ultimates, private practice rooms, closing ceremony featuring electronica music performer Deadmau5, there is no telling what Valve has planned for this year.

Continuing to always outdo themselves and the glass ceiling shattered years ago, Valve is expected to put on the show of a lifetime once again.

The International 2019 looks set to be another monumental event with another prize pool that will shatter records, and GosuGamers wants to keep you ahead of all the TI 2019 news with our event coverage hub.

As world leaders for DOTA 2 coverage, GosuGamers aims to bring you the most comprehensive coverage possible for The International 2019. Armed with a team of Dota 2 fanatics and content creators, , GosuGamers will cover all of the bases you need to enhance your TI9 experience.

For everything from news, match reports and schedules to footage from the event and player interviews, GosuGamers.net is your one-stop shop for all things related.

Previous "The International" Tournaments

The International 2018
The International 2017
The International 2016
The International 2015
The International 2014

Prize pool history - The International 2019

Base prize pool:
$1,600,000
Raised by community:
$28,128,704
Current prize pool:
$29,728,704

Prize pool history

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