The International 2019 (or simply TI9) is less than 24 hours away and the different teams have been drawn into their respective groups for the Group Stage. The International is the culmination of the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC), where 18 of the best Dota 2 teams compete to raise the Aegis of Champion and for this year’s massive prize pool.
This is the first year that The International is held outside of North America, meaning the schedule for the this year’s tournament will be friendlier for Asian viewers, and well… Filipinos.
12 of the 18 teams were earned their ‘invited’ status after earning enough points throughout the DPC season. The Invited teams are Team Secret, Virtus.pro, Vici Gaming, Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid, PSG.LGD, Fnatic, Ninjas in Pyjamas, TNC, OG, Alliance, and Keen Gaming. While the remaining six teams qualified from the regional qualifiers. These teams are North America’s Newbee, South America’s Infamous, Europe’s Chaos Esports Club, the Commonwealth of the Independent States’ Natus Vincere, China’s Royal Never Give Up, and Southeast Asia’s Mineski.
The International opens with the Group Stage where teams will play a best-of-two. The ultimate goal for each team in the Group Stage is to make it to the top four in order to make it to the Upper Bracket of the Main Event. While also looking to avoid the bottom of each group, which ultimately eliminates the team.
From the Group Stage, the remaining teams then will play in a double-elimination bracket, Main Event. Eight teams will play in the Upper Bracket, while the remaining teams will have to slug it out in the Lower Bracket. The first round in the Lower Bracket is played in a best-of-one. While the other rounds will be played in a best-of-three format with the Grand Finals as an exception which will be played in best-of-five.
The Group Stage runs from August 15 – August 18 with the Main Event being played from August 20 – August 25. The current total prize pool stands at a whopping USD 32,900,000 (about PHP 1,700,000,000). The champion takes on a big chunk of this at around USD 14,970,000 (around PHP 781,220,000)
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