The Dota 2 season is many things to many people, but the one unifying aim or goal the scene shares is the desire to go to The International, which will be held in Shanghai in 2019.
Unlike other open circuits, Dota has a points system (DPC) built around performances in Valve-sanctioned events, primarily Minors and Majors, and the Pro Circuit points are starting to shake out and reveal who is going to be applying for a VISA for China for TI9.
The system is a little complex but, fundamentally, comes down to the points threshold to be sure of a place in the big show. With a total of 75,000 points available from Majors, and a further 2,500 on the table at the Minors, it takes a few events before the leaderboard begins to shape up, but with DreamLeague Season 11 close to a conclusion, we are starting to see shapes in the cloudy water.
TI9 will feature 18 Dota 2 teams, 12 of whom will qualify through DPC and another six via regional qualifiers in China, Southeast Asia, North America, South America, CIS and Europe.
TI9 qualifiers dates
The dates for the open qualifiers and closed qualifers were confirmed on Monday, June 17th, 2019:
- Open Qualifiers: July 3 to 7
- Regional Qualifiers: July 8 to 15
- Group Stage: August 15 to 18
- Main event: August 20 to 25
Dota Pro Circuit standings
Last update: After StarLadder ImbaTV Kiev Minor on June 17th.
Which teams will be at TI9?
By the end of MDL Disneyland Paris, 60,000 of the available Major points will have been awarded, meaning there is only 15,000 on the table for teams still needing to book at spot in Shanghai, but the teams that started the season well have already made good progress. The Majors winners so far are Virtus.pro,Team Secret with two, and Vici Gaming, and all three of those sides are safe in the knowledge they are qualified for TI9, which is the main focus of the year.
Alongside those two, Evil Geniuses are also rewarded for their consistency at this level with a spot on the main stage, which TI9 basically is for Dota. We now know they will now be joined in China by Vici Gaming, PSG.LGD,** Fnatic**, Team Liquid and Ninjas In Pyjamas, with 10 of the 18 spots left. Among the teams still fighting for a flight to Shanghai are TI8 Champions OG, so the stakes are certainly high.
Remaining Dota 2 Majors in 2019
- EPICENTER Major Moscow - June 22th to June 30th
Time running out to guarantee TI9 spot
There is just one DPC event remaining - the EPICENTER Moscow Major. After that, teams must face the gauntlet that is TI9 qualifiers, with six teams up for grabs.
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