The International 9: What We Know So Far
Posted 8th May 2019 By: Derpina    292 Views
Esports News – The International 9, the most-awaited Dota 2 tournament this season and one of the biggest esports events in the world, will be back real soon. Valve continues to tease the audience about the new season after releasing the dates. Now they give fans good look at more elements of the event, including the Battle Pass and the new Dota Pro Circuit (DPC). Check out important details Valve recently uncovered.
Teams and dates
TI9 might follow last year’s tournament format, so we’ll be meeting the new 18 Dota 2 teams competing for the title and prize pool this year. The complete rules for the group stage, playoffs, and grand finals have yet to be released, but most are certain that they would not make crucial changes this year.
At press time, only four teams are qualified for the grand tournament based on the latest DPC rankings. These dominating figures feature Evil Geniuses, Vici Gaming, Team Secret, and Virtus. Pro. Each team boasts an impressive track record prior to getting their desired spot, but it’s worth noting that Evil Geniuses is the only team to make it to the list without winning a single title from the Minors and Majors. Regardless, they are known for their excellent performances from all Major competitions.
The initial four will compete with other twelve teams for the tournament’s Aegis from August 16 to 25 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, while the last 6 days of the tournament are dedicated to the playoffs.
Battle Pass and themes
Valve recently revealed the color theme of this year’s competition, together with the new Battle Pass teaser. This year’s theme falls under the category of the first and original The International. Soon, new in-game items, modes, and skins will be released to follow the color scheme. There are Battle Pass levels that can be purchased individually by fans and gamers before the tournament, and a chunk of those sales goes directly to the TI9 prize pool.
New DPC schedule
As this year’s DPC season is near to its conclusion, Valve already announced the schedule of the next Major and Minor tournaments. The structure stays the same until 2020, but Valve will now handle the allocation of the regions and the tournament format for the actual event and the qualifiers.