- Starting date Aug 15, 2019
- Location Shanghai
- Venue Mercedes-Benz Arena
- Format 5v5
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.
- 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
- Group Stage (AUG 15-18)
- All eighteen teams are divided into two groups where they play in a Round Robin format
- All matches are played in a Bo2.
- The top four teams in each group advance to the Upper Bracket of the Main Event.
- The bottom team in each group is eliminated.
- The remaining teams advance to the Lower Bracket of the Main Event.
- Main Event (AUG 20-25)
- 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
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.
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