The Dota Pro Circuit’s biggest event of the year, The International 2019 is taking place this coming week, between the 15th and 25th of August. It will be the 9th edition of the annual Dota event and is being held in the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, the first time it will be held on Chinese soil.

The International 2019 is the last and concluding event of the Dota Pro Circuit, and 2019’s will be the ninth annual edition of the event. Last year’s event took place in Vancouver and saw OG Esports take top prize of a stunning $11 million USD. The Valve sponsored event will feature a total of 18 teams and this years prize pool is already hitting $33 million USD, for comparison, last year’s reached a total of $25.5 million.

12 of the 18 teams will qualify for this year’s The International through a point system – 12 invites will be determined based on how they performed at official sponsored Major and Minor Dota events. The remaining 6 teams will have had to qualify through regional qualifiers, one team from each major region; China, Southeast Asia, North America, South America, CIS and Europe.

The International 2019 will be a Round Robin format tournament, the group stages taking place between the 15th and 18th of August. The teams will be divided into two groups, the initial group stage matches being played Bo2. The top 4 teams from each group will advance to the Upper Bracket of the Main Event. The last placed team in each group will be eliminated with all remaining teams advancing to the Lower Bracket of the Main Event.

The Main Event will take place between August 20th and 25th. The remaining 16 teams will play in a double-elimination format. For a detailed explanation of the Main Event rules and format click here. The winners of the Main Event will earn themselves a whopping $15 million USD first place prize. The group stages are as follows:

The International Group-Stages Group A

Chaos Esports ClubEurope
Keen GamingChina
MineskiSoutheast Asia
NewbeeNorth America
Team LiquidEurope
Team SecretEurope
TNC PredatorSoutheast Asia

The International Group-Stages Group B

Evil GeniusesNorth America
FnaticSoutheast Asia
InfamousSouth American
Natus VincereCIS
Ninjas in PyjamasEurope
OG EsportsEurope
Royal Never Give UpChina
Vici GamingChina

If you want to follow all the action from this week’s MAJOR Dota event you can check out the Dota 2 event’s homepage here.

Dota 2 fans are very excited for what is the biggest Esports event of the year, and with over $30 million on the line it is no wonder why. Esport fans are not the only ones getting excited as Rivalry is giving away thousands of free bets to Dota 2 fans!

They are currently running a special promotion for certain players in which everyone’s first bet on any match from The International 2019 will be free (with certain terms and conditions of course). Players will have any bet of up to £25 dollars returned IF unsuccessful but only for bets made on The International.

Who is going to win this year’s The International? Your guess is as good as ours, though we are super excited to find out!

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