With The International 2019 dates confirmed, Dota 2 fans have turned their attention to the TI9 Battle Pass, and Valve has now confirmed its release date.
The TI9 Battle Pass release date has been teased as May 7th 2019.
Only a few other details are known, including that the theme will be "overgrown, enchanted jungle ruins" have been made available.
In keeping with annual tradition, Dota 2 fans have been asked to contribute to the Collector's Cache 2019 with designs for the TI9 Battle Pass via the Dota 2 workshop. Submissions are due before May 12th.
Some expect the Battle Pass to coincide with the release of the 7.22 patch.
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The theme is set
Dota 2 community leader Wykrhm Reddy wrote on Reddit: "The International 2019 is still over the horizon, but it's never too early to start exploring new treasure ideas for this year's event — which will have a theme focused on overgrown, enchanted jungle ruins. With that in mind, we invite all Dota 2 Workshop creators to venture into their flourishing imaginations on the hunt for new designs to include in this year's Collector's Cache to see what concepts bear fruit.
"As a slight change this year, please keep in mind that while we're happy to see item sets that feel at home in overgrown jungle ruins, artists should not feel constrained to working only within this year’s event theme. We're interested to discover any high quality designs, regardless of motif. However, as in the past, we would still like to ask artists to avoid the use of any concepts that involve human skulls, blood, and gore.
"Make sure to mark your submissions with the "Collector’s Cache 2019" tag when tendering items to the Workshop. All submissions must be on the Dota 2 Workshop by Sunday, May 12th. We encourage all Dota fans to regularly visit the Workshop and vote through the Queue to ensure your voices are heard in the selection process.
"In the meantime, our merchandise partners are also ready to create some new designs for this year's Dota 2 merchandise release. If you've got a concept you think will resonate with fans, submit your design to the Workshop with the "Merchandise" tag and see how much community support springs up."
Release date anticipated
The main event stage of The International 2019 will take place in Shanghai, China, from August 20th, with the groups expected to start on August 16th.
The TI8 Battle Pass was released on May 8th 2018, leading many fans to predict the TI9 Battle Pass will be released early in May 2019. The MDL Disneyland Major is due to take place in Paris from May 4th to May 12th, which might be an ideal time for Valve to make an announcement.
How much will the TI9 Battle Pass cost?
Buying the Battle Pass gives fans exclusive in-game items. For the past few years, the TI Battle Pass level 1 has cost $9.99, with other levels available to buy in bundles. In 2018, level 75 cost $36.99, with five levels available at $2.49, 11 levels at $4.99 and 24 levels at $9.99.
TI prize pool
The Battle Pass is the reason The International has the highest prize pool in esports as 25% of the income Valve makes is dedicated to the event. TI8's prize pool was a record $23,932,177 but only marginally higher than TI7's $23,187,916, so it will be interesting to see if the TI9 prize pool sets a new record. It all depends on the Battle Pass.