The dates for The International 2019 have been revealed. The open qualifiers will be held on July 3rd – 7th, while the closed regional qualifiers will take place on July 8th – 15th. Each region will send only one qualified team to the tournament. The main event, which will be held in Shanghai, China, is split into two parts: the Group Stage (August 15th – 18th) and the Playoffs Stage (August 20th – 25th). The playoffs matches will be played with live audience at Mercedes-Benz Arena which sit up to 18,000 viewers.
The event’s prize pool, which was initially set at $1,600,000, has already reached $18,800,000 thanks to in-game sales. Eight teams have already secured their spot at TI9 by acquiring enough Dota Pro Circuit points, among which are Team Secret, Virtus.pro, Evil Geniuses, Vici Gaming, PSG.LGD, Fnatic, Team Liquid, Ninjas in Pyjamas. The final four teams qualified through DPC season will be determined at EPICENTER Major 2019, scheduled for June 22nd – 30th.