TI 2019

TI 2019 is the ongoing ninth iteration of The International. It is hence organized annually as the Dota 2 world championship esports tournament. The tournament began on August 2019 with the group stage, hosted by the game’s developer, the Valve Corporation. The tournament will also be concluded in Shanghai at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, following the main event. This is the first international to take place in China.

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The tournament followed a year-long series, known as the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC), along with the top 12 ranking teams being invited to the tournament directly. Also in July 2019, six more teams were invited through regional qualifiers. The prize pool is also being crowdfunded by the Dota 2 community, as with every International from 2013 onwards, with the worth at over $32 million, recorded as the largest collection for any single esports tournament in history.

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Dota 2 is a video game developed by Valve Corporation in 2013 as a multiplayer online battle arena. The game is hence played with every 5 members in two teams, and the team who is first to destroy the base of the opponent team wins the game.

As with the previous year tournament, a battle pass for Dota 2 was released in May 2019. This allowed the prize pool to be crowdfunded by the players. A draft was held between the opposing team captains to select, before each game in the tournament, until each side ban six-match, and select five heroes. After the hero placed as a fix, the match cannot be selected by any other player. The first pick in the match is decided by a coin-toss, and then the alternative between each game. The team who loses on the toss can choose to play on which side of the map.

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TI 2019 has included a series of pre-qualifying tournaments from October 2018 to June 2019, named as the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC), with the direct invitation to top 12 ranking teams. Round robin group stages featured two groups of nine teams from August 15 to 18, to have the elimination for the main event. Each team will hence play with each other in a two-game series within their group. They are to earn the points based on their results. Then the top four will move to the upper bracket of the main event, with the fifth to eighth moving to the lower bracket. The lowest placed teams are then eliminated from the competition.

The regional qualifiers are:

  • China: Royal Never Give Up
  • CIS: Natus Vincere
  • Europe: Union Chaos Esports Club

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  • North America: Newbee
  • South America: Infamous
  • Southeast Asia: Mineski