The 2018-2019 DPC season is about to close the curtain with the final Major opening date approaching. Accordingly, EPICENTER Major will find the champion on June 30 and soon after, the teams cannot reach the top 12 DPC will begin the war for the participation of The International 9.
After about a month waiting for the official information, finally the global Dota 2 fan is also confirmed by Valve about the schedule from the qualifiers to the Main Event of TI9.
Specifically, the Preliminary Rounds will take place July 3-7 – just four days after the closing EPICENTER Major. For teams that are specially moved to the Regional Qualifier (including a few teams from EPICENTER Major), from July 8-15, they will have nine days of rest after the DPC campaign and more time to prepare for decisive matches.
The draw results of the four match tables at EPICENTER Major (constant format) – the tournament identifies the owners of the last four tickets that Valve specifically invites to TI9.
Don’t forget that the six major regions of the world – including Europe, North America, Southeast Asia, China, South America and CIS – will have only one TI9 representative, the Regional Qualifier winning team. States TI for the first time in history to Shanghai, China will officially launch on August 15. The Group stage lasted for four days before the TI9 Main Event was held on LAN at the Mercedez-Benz Arena from August 20-25.
In fact, the teams do not have too much free time between the last two major tournaments of the 2018-2019 season. Therefore, Valve will most likely not release new patches at least until the Regional Qualifiers have final results.
According to statistics of Dota 2 Prize Pool Tracker, TI9 bonuses are currently 18,791,335 USD (including 1.6 million USD funded by Valve) after 41 days of community fundraising. The figure is 24.73% more than the TI8 award in the same period last year.
With the addition of TI9 Battle Pass a lot of content, fresh rewards and most recently for customers to experience before Dota Underlords. It is not surprising that the TI period held in Shanghai broke the record. in esports history – something that Dota 2 fans have witnessed every year.