The International 2019 is the biggest Dota 2 event of 2019 and the concluding tournament of the Dota Pro Circuit. 18 teams will compete for making history and winning the most prestigious trophy, the Aegis of Champions.
Held in China for the first time ever, The International 2019 seems intent on keeping up the tournament’s yearly tradition of setting a new esports prize pool record. After setting the record last year with a $25.5 million prize pool, Fortnite: Battle Royale’s World Cup set the bar even higher with its $30 million prize pool. With The International 2019’s prize pool already at $32 million (and quickly growing) as of this time of writing, it’s highly likely we’ll see the record broken and a new one set once again come August.
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Dates & Schedule – When is TI9 taking place?
The International 2019 will take place between August 15th and August 25th, 2019. There will be a Group Stage between Aug 15 – Aug 18 and the Main Event (knockout-stage) between Aug 20 – Aug 25.
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Where is TI9?
The 9th edition of TI take place at the the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, which has a capacity of 18,000 seats.
Teams Participating at The International 2019
18 teams will participate in total: 12 teams which are qualifying through Dota Pro Circuit and 6 teams which are coming through Regional Qualifiers taking place in China, Southeast Asia, North America, South America, CIS, and Europe.
Here’s the final list of teams who will compete: Team Secret, Virtus.pro, Evil Geniuses, Vici Gaming, PSG.LGD, Fnatic, Team Liquid, Ninjas in Pyjamas, TNC Predator, OG, Alliance, Keen Gaming, Mineski, Natus Vincere, Infamous, Royal Never Give Up, Chaos Esports Club and Forward Gaming.
Favourites to Win
Most bookmakers give the first chance to win TI9 to Team Secret. The next close favourites are Vici Gaming, Team Liquid and Virtus.Pro. You can see the complete list and the odds for each team in our The International 2019 Betting Odds Favourites preview.
Has anyone won the International twice?
No, no team managed to win the International more than once. The closest team to ever done it is Na`Vi, who won The International in 2011 and finished as runner-up in 2012 and 2013. Newbee was also close by winning TI in 2014 and finishing second in 2017.
Who won the International Dota 2 Championships?
Besides Na’Vi and Newbee, who were very close to becoming The International winners twice, other teams who won the event are: iG (2012), [A] (2013), EG (2015), Wings (2016), Liquid (2017) and OG (2018).
What is the prize pool for TI9?
The current prize pool is $32M. TI9 will have the biggest prize pool in the history of Dota 2 after surpassing the previous record of $25.5M at TI8.
As you probably might know, it also set the record for the biggest opening day by reaching almost $8M:
The First 24 Hours — TI9 has had the biggest opening day in TI history dwarfing the already massive peak of TI8 by over $1.7 Million USD. Even the boost margin compared to any two consecutive TI's has been more than doubled. Currently TI9 is 30% ahead of TI8 at same stage #TI9 pic.twitter.com/lshmCPBYz1
— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) May 8, 2019
What esport has the biggest prize money?
The biggest prize money tournament in esports will take place in Fortnite, as Epic Games announced they will held a $100M World Cup in 2019. For the last couple of years Dota 2 held the highest payouts in esports: $25M for The International 2018 and $24M for The International 2017.