16 teams qualify for the DOTA 2 International 2019 main event

Henry Stenhouse,

August 20, 2019 12:58 AM

After a hard-fought group stage, just 16 teams remain in competition for TI9's $33 million dollar prize pool.

The main event of The International 2019 for DOTA 2 has just begun, and following the group stages only 16 teams remain. The surviving sides have made their way to the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai for their chance to compete for a part of the $33.5m USD prize pool. With a first-place prize of over $15m, competition is certainly heated to claim the Aegis.

The international 2019 DOTA 2
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From two group stages, teams qualified into the upper or lower bracket of the main event based on their performance. The top four of each group enter the upper side of the double-elimination bracket, granting the tentative protection of one potential loss before elimination. Those entering the lower bracket face a tougher lot, having to battle their way through every side that falls from the upper bracket if they hope to reach the final. Want to know who’s still in the competition? Here are the qualifiers to each bracket:

Upper Bracket Qualifiers

  • PSG.LSD
  • OG
  • Team Secret
  • Vici Gaming
  • Newbee
  • Evil Geniuses
  • TNC Predator
  • Virtus Pro

Lower Bracket Qualifiers

  • Alliance
  • Infamous
  • Mineski
  • Fnatic
  • Team Liquid
  • Natus Vincere
  • Keen Gaming
  • Royal Never Give Up

The main event for The International 2019 has already kicked off and matches will be broadcast over the next six days on The International stream. Since starting we’ve already seen Virtus Pro knocked to the lower bracket by PSG, where they’ll now have to face the winner of Alliance vs Royal Never Give Up. The full standings are always available on the DOTA 2 website, where you can keep track of each side’s performance.

There’s plenty more action to come from this year’s International, with plenty of matches taking place every day over the course of the week. The whole show wraps up on August 25 with the Lower Bracket Finals followed by the best-of-five series for the Grand Finals. We’ll keep you updated with how the whole event is progressing throughout the week so stay tuned for more from The International 2019.



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