The International 2019 Battle Pass has been released ahead of TI9 in Shanghai, China.
The highly anticipated announcement was made at 10pm BST / 11pm CEST on Wednesday May 7 after weeks of speculation and 24 hours after being teased by Dota 2 community leader Wykrhm Reddy.
An announcement on the Dota 2 official site read: "The International Battle Pass is here to blaze a trail into the heart of the Dota summer season.
"Loaded full of exclusive features and legendary rewards, the Battle Pass is your treasure map to mythic fortune and glory as we journey to the conclusion of this year's Dota Pro Circuit and the ultimate showdown in Shanghai."
TI9 Battle Pass price
The price structure for the TI9 Battle Pass is slightly different to previous years with Standard, Level 50 and Level 100 available.
- Standard - $9.99
- Level 50 - $29.35
- Level 100 - $44.99
A full list of levels and features can be found on The International 2019 Battle Pass page.
In terms of sales, the early signs for Valve were very good, with the TI9 Battle Pass on course to break the 24-hour record, swelling the The International 2019 prize pool despite the potential political implications of hosting the event in China.
7.22 patch update
Valve said the 7.22 Dota 2 patch would be released "after the conclusion of the final Major and Minor DPC Qualifiers starting soon".
Ready to fork out for Battle Pass
The International is the highlight of the esports calendar for Dota 2 fans and the Battle Pass release marks the countdown to the showpiece event for many. Valve confirmed that 25% of sales from the Battle Pass would go to the TI9 prize pool, as is customary.
Over on Reddit, the Battle Pass was met with more positive reaction.
u/WhiteoutDota wrote: "Despite all the crap that Valve gets, this is their best Battlepass they have ever made. Revamped coaching, a bunch of incredible sets and arcanas (tiny, for one). Custom game modes, good looking custom towers, avoiding players, party finder, MVP vote combined with a new VS screen (thank god), high fives (I can see pros doing this), a better assistant (hopefully it won't say to put spectre mid anymore lol).
"All the immortals look sick in the first treasure. The new terrain is nice though I think it'll be a disadvantage to those using it. YOUNG INVOKER?!?!? This is crazy."