The International 9 regional invites

Posted on: Jul 01, 2019 By smartlaunch in News and trends,

Valve has released the TI9 regional qualifier invite list along with how many slots per region are available to teams competing in the open qualifiers. 

The European region, known to be one of the most competitive this season, has only two direct invites to the regional affair; The Final Tribe, which has been a stable fixture throughout the entire year, and Chaos E.C. With only two teams headed to the closed qualifiers directly, that leaves six slots available for open qualifier teams to grab.

SEA is in the same boat as Europe with only two teams invited and six slots open for the region. 

China has panned out as expected, as well as North America with no surprises there. 

CIS region is looking stacked already and has the fewest open slots available – only three which is half their European neighbor.

With 12 invites being handed out, only six teams – one per region- will now end up at TI9 via the qualifiers.

Valve will bring the biggest Dota 2 event of the year to the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China —home of infamous Shanghai Major of 2016.  The venue is an indoor arena located on the former grounds of Expo 2010 in Pudong, Shanghai, China, with a seating capacity for 18,000 people. Thus far, 12 teams are confirmed to attend – Team Secret, Virtus Pro, Evil Geniuses, ViCi Gaming, Fnatic, PSG.LGD, Team Liquid, NiP, OG, Keen Gaming, TNC Predator and Alliance. The current prize pool has exceeded USD 25 million (more than USD 23 million added by crowdfunding) with more than one month still to go until the big event. 

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