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Minibanner The International 2019
China Shanghai
Start Date:20 August 2019
End Date:25 August 2019
Tier:The International
Venue:Mercedes-Benz Arena
Prize Pool:$34,292,599
Access Free to spectate

The International 2019 was the ninth iteration of Dota 2's flagship annual championship. Hosted by Valve Corporation, it took place at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, being the first to be celebrated in Asia. The tournament began on 3 July 2019 with the Open Qualifiers and closed on 25 August 2019 with the Grand Finals, where OG OG successfully defended their title by defeating 2017 champions Team Liquid Team Liquid 3-1, becoming the first team to win two championships.

With a prize pool of over US$34.3 million, The International 2019 was at the time the largest tournament to ever take place in eSports, breaking the record briefly held by the Fortnite World Cup 2019, which awarded $30 million. It was eventually surpassed by The International 10. The majority of the money awarded during the event is collected through several in-game items released by Valve, including the The International 2019 Battle Pass, a digital tournament pass and features bundle tied to the event that included many activities and cosmetic items. 2019 marks the fifth consecutive year that The International's prize pool outgrows its previous-year record. However, it is the first year the record is held by a non-Dota 2 tournament, albeit briefly.

The International 2019 became the third consecutive event won by a European team. The event also saw several new records being set, and some old records being broken. OG OG's back-to-back victory is the first-ever in the event's history. Their win also made Europe the region with the most tournament wins, with 4 titles. The team also became the first one to return to the Grand Finals, and win a second time, with the original champion roster. Natus Vincere Natus Vincere, Newbee Newbee and Team Liquid Team Liquid had experienced roster changes before they reached the Grand Finals again. OG OG also became the first champion since Natus Vincere Natus Vincere to make it to the Grand Finals the following year.

Team Liquid Team Liquid became the first team to run through the entire Lower Bracket, with the most number of series won during the Main Stage. Their victory against PSG PSG.LGD in the Lower Bracket final meant that two previous champions would meet in the Grand Finals, killing the chances of a new team winning the championship. The International 2019 saw an increase in the number of previous champions attending the event. Natus Vincere Natus Vincere and Alliance Alliance came back after two years without qualifying. Only two champions did not make it: 2012 winners Invictus Gaming Invictus Gaming, who fell during the regional qualifiers, and 2016 winners Wings Gaming Wings Gaming, who disbanded shortly after winning the championship.

Schedule and Format[]

Date Event Notes
July 03 – 07 Open Qualifiers
  • Open to all teams.
  • Single elimination.
  • Winner from each region advances to regional qualifiers.
July 08 – 14 Main Qualifiers
  • 6 Regions: North Americas, South Americas, Europe, China, CIS, and Southeast Asia.
  • Winner from each region advances to main event.
August 15 – 18 Group Stage
  • Two groups of nine teams.
  • Round Robin
  • The top four teams in each group advance to the upper bracket in the Main Event.
  • The bottom team of each group gets eliminated.
  • The remaining teams advance to the lower bracket in the Main Event.
  • If there is a tie along the Upper and Lower Bracket divider or between the lower bracket and elimination divider, more games will be played.
August 20 – 25 Main Event
  • 16 teams, double elimination.
  • 8 teams begin in the upper bracket, 8 in the lower bracket.
  • First lower bracket game is best of one, others are best of three.
  • Grand finals are best of five.


  • The International 2019 can be viewed live for free on DotaTV in-game.

United Kingdom English

Russia Russian

China Chinese

Promotional items[]


Invited Teams[]

Team Secret
Team logo Team Secret
Poland Nisha
Malaysia MidOne
Sweden zai
Jordan YapzOr
Estonia Puppey Captain icon
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Team icon
Russia RAMZES666 Captain icon
Ukraine Noone
Russia 9pasha
Russia RodjER
Russia Solo
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Vici Gaming
Team icon Vici Gaming
China Paparazi灬
China Ori
China Yang
China Fade Captain icon
China Dy
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Evil Geniuses
Team icon Evil Geniuses
Canada Arteezy
Pakistan SumaiL
Sweden s4
Denmark Cr1t-
Israel Fly
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Team Liquid
Team icon Team Liquid
Jordan Miracle-
Romania w33
Bulgaria MinD_ContRoL
Lebanon GH
Germany KuroKy Captain icon
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Team icon LGD Gaming
China Ame
China Somnus丶M
China Chalice
China fy Captain icon
Malaysia xNova
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Team icon Fnatic
Thailand Jabz
Philippines Abed
Malaysia iceiceice
Philippines DJ
South Korea DuBu Captain icon
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Ninjas in Pyjamas
Team icon Ninjas in Pyjamas
Denmark Ace
Germany Fata
Israel 33
Macedonia Saksa
United States ppd Captain icon
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TNC Predator
Team icon TNC Predator
Philippines Gabbi
Philippines Armel
Philippines Kuku
Philippines Tims
Philippines eyyou Captain icon
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Team icon OG
Australia ana
Finland Topson
France 7ckngMad
Finland JerAx
Denmark N0tail Captain icon
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Team icon Alliance
Sweden miCKe
Germany qojqva
Sweden Boxi
Norway Taiga
Sweden iNSaNia Captain icon
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Keen Gaming
Team icon Keen Gaming
China old chicken
China eLeVeN
China Kaka
China dark Captain icon
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Qualified Teams[]

Chaos Esports Club
Team icon Chaos Esports Club
Malaysia vtFαded
Germany KheZu
Bosnia and Herzegovina MiLAN
Denmark MISERY Captain icon
Europe Qualifier
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Natus Vincere
Team icon Natus Vincere
Ukraine Crystallize
Ukraine MagicaL
Kyrgyzstan Blizzy
Kyrgyzstan Zayac
Russia SoNNeikO Captain icon
CIS Qualifier
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Royal Never Give Up
Team icon Royal Never Give Up
China Monet
China Setsu
China Flyby
China LaNm
Malaysia ah fu Captain icon
China Qualifier
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Newbee 1
Team icon NewBee
Pakistan YawaR
United States CCnC
United States Sneyking
United States MSS
Sweden pieliedie Captain icon
North America Qualifier
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Team icon Mineski
Bulgaria Nikobaby
Malaysia Moon
Australia kpii
Philippines Bimbo
Philippines ninjaboogie Captain icon
Southeast Asia Qualifier
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Team icon Infamous
Peru K1
Peru Chris Luck
Bolivia Wisper
Peru Scofield
Peru Stinger Captain icon
South America Qualifier
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1 Ex-Forward Gaming Forward Gaming players were picked up by Newbee Newbee.[1]


Open Qualifiers[]

  • North America 1: Team Xolotl Team Xolotl
  • North America 2: Kookaburra Kookaburra
  • North America 3: Black Sheep Black Sheep
  • North America 4: Old Suck Gaming Old Suck Gaming
  • South America 1: SG e-sports SG e-sports
  • South America 2: FURIA Esports FURIA Esports
  • South America 3: EgoBoys EgoBoys
  • South America 4: Gorillaz-Pride Gorillaz-Pride
  • Europe 1: Epic Name Epic Name
  • Europe 2: Anti-MagE- Anti-MagE-
  • Europe 3: Hippomaniacs Hippomaniacs
  • Europe 4: Bald Bald
  • Europe 5: six eight two six eight two
  • Europe 6: Singularity Esports Singularity Esports
  • SEA 1: Team Jinesbrus Team Jinesbrus
  • SEA 2: Team Adroit Team Adroit
  • SEA 3: EVOS Esports EVOS Esports
  • SEA 4: 496 Gaming 496 Gaming
  • SEA 5: Team Amplfy Team Amplfy
  • SEA 6: Resurgence Resurgence

Group Stage[]

In the Group Stage, teams are divided into two groups of nine and compete in a best-of-two round robin tournament. The top four teams (in green) advance to the upper bracket of the main event, the lower four teams (in yellow) advance to the lower brackets, and the team in last place (in red) is eliminated.

Group A[]

Group A
1. PSG PSG.LGD 5 3 0 13p
2. Team Secret Team Secret 4 3 1 11p
3. Newbee Newbee 2 5 1 9p
4. TNC Predator TNC Predator 2 5 1 9p
5. Mineski Mineski 2 4 2 8p
6. Alliance Alliance 1 6 1 8p
7. Team Liquid Team Liquid 2 2 4 6p
8. Keen Gaming Keen Gaming 2 1 5 5p
9. Chaos Esports Club Chaos Esports Club 0 3 5 3p
Alliance Chaos Esports Club Keen Gaming Mineski Newbee PSG Team Liquid Team Secret TNC Predator
Alliance 1-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1
Chaos Esports Club 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2 1-1 1-1
Keen Gaming 0-2 2-0 2-0 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2
Mineski 1-1 2-0 0-2 1-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 2-0
Newbee 1-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 0-2 1-1
PSG 1-1 2-0 2-0 2-0 1-1 2-0 2-0 1-1
Team Liquid 1-1 2-0 2-0 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2
Team Secret 2-0 1-1 2-0 1-1 2-0 0-2 2-0 1-1
TNC Predator 1-1 1-1 2-0 0-2 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-1

Group B[]

Group B
1. OG OG 6 2 0 14p
2. Vici Gaming Vici Gaming 4 3 1 11p
2. Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses 3 3 2 9p
4. Virtus 3 2 3 8p
5. Fnatic Fnatic 3 1 4 7p
6. Natus Vincere Natus Vincere 2 3 3 7p
6. Infamous Infamous 1 5 2 7p
9. Royal Never Give Up Royal Never Give Up 2 2 4 6p
8. Ninjas in Pyjamas Ninjas in Pyjamas 0 3 5 3p
Evil Geniuses Fnatic Infamous Natus Vincere Ninjas in Pyjamas OG Royal Never Give Up Vici Gaming Virtus
Evil Geniuses 0-2 1-1 1-1 2-0 0-2 2-0 2-0 1-1
Fnatic 2-0 0-2 2-0 1-1 0-2 2-0 0-2 0-2
Infamous 1-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 0-2
Natus Vincere 1-1 0-2 1-1 2-0 1-1 0-2 0-2 2-0
Ninjas in Pyjamas 0-2 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-2 1-1 0-2
OG 2-0 2-0 2-0 1-1 2-0 2-0 1-1 2-0
Royal Never Give Up 0-2 0-2 1-1 2-0 2-0 0-2 0-2 1-1
Vici Gaming 0-2 2-0 1-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 2-0 2-0
Virtus 1-1 2-0 2-0 0-2 2-0 0-2 1-1 0-2

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Main Event[]

The Main Event is a double-elimination tournament with the top four teams from each group starting in the upper bracket, whilst the bottom four teams start in the lower bracket. Matches in the first round of the lower bracket are best-of-one, while the grand finals are best-of-five. All other matches are best-of-three. Click here to update.

  Lower Bracket Round 1 (Bo1) Upper Bracket Round 1 (Bo3)
Lower Bracket Round 2 (Bo3)
Lower Bracket Round 3 (Bo3) Upper Bracket Round 2 (Bo3)
Lower Bracket Round 4 (Bo3)
Lower Bracket Round 5 (Bo3) Upper Bracket Finals (Bo3)
Lower Bracket Finals (Bo3)
Grand Finals (Bo5)
  Virtus 0
  Vici Gaming Vici Gaming 0
  Vici Gaming Vici Gaming 2
  TNC Predator TNC Predator 1
  OG OG 2
  OG OG 2
  Newbee Newbee 0
  OG OG 2
  Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses 1
  Team Secret Team Secret 1
  Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses 2
  OG OG Champion 3
  Team Liquid Team Liquid 1
  Virtus 0
  Alliance Alliance 0
  Royal Never Give Up Royal Never Give Up 2   Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses 0
  Royal Never Give Up Royal Never Give Up 1   Royal Never Give Up Royal Never Give Up 0
  Team Liquid Team Liquid 2
  Team Liquid Team Liquid 2
  TNC Predator TNC Predator 0
  Fnatic Fnatic 0   PSG PSG.LGD 1
  Team Liquid Team Liquid 2   Team Liquid Team Liquid 2
  Team Liquid Team Liquid 1   Team Liquid Team Liquid 2
  Team Secret Team Secret 0
  Newbee Newbee 1
  Infamous Infamous 1
  Infamous Infamous 2   Vici Gaming Vici Gaming 0
  Keen Gaming Keen Gaming 0   Infamous Infamous 0
  Team Secret Team Secret 2
  Team Secret Team Secret 2
  Team Secret Team Secret 2
  Mineski Mineski 1
  Mineski Mineski 1
  Natus Vincere Natus Vincere 0

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Prize Allocation[]


As with previous Internationals, the winning team is also awarded the Aegis of Champions.

Final Prize Pool: $34,292,599 USD
Place Team Winnings Percent
A11st  OG OG
$15,603,133 45.5%
A22nd  Team Liquid Team Liquid
$4,458,038 13%
$3,086,334 9%
A44th  Team Secret Team Secret
$2,057,556 6%
A55th - 6th  Vici Gaming Vici Gaming
$1,200,241 3.5%
A55th - 6th  Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses
United States
$1,200,241 3.5%
A77th - 8th  Infamous Infamous
$857,315 2.5%
A77th - 8th  Royal Never Give Up Royal Never Give Up
$857,315 2.5%
A99th - 12th  Mineski Mineski
$685,852 2%
A99th - 12th  Newbee Newbee
$685,852 2%
A99th - 12th  TNC Predator TNC Predator
$685,852 2%
A99th - 12th  Virtus
$685,852 2%
B313th - 16th  Natus Vincere Natus Vincere
$514,389 1.5%
B313th - 16th  Keen Gaming Keen Gaming
$514,389 1.5%
B313th - 16th  Fnatic Fnatic
$514,389 1.5%
B313th - 16th  Alliance Alliance
$514,389 1.5%
B717th - 18th  Ninjas in Pyjamas Ninjas in Pyjamas
$85,731 0.25%
B717th - 18th  Chaos Esports Club Chaos Esports Club
United States
$85,731 0.25%
25% The International 2019 Battle Pass
25% The International 2019 Battle Pass - Level 50
25% The International 2019 Battle Pass - Level 100
25% The International 2019 - 5 Battle Pass Levels
25% The International 2019 - 11 Battle Pass Levels
25% The International 2019 - 24 Battle Pass Levels
25% Collector's Cache 2019
25% Collector's Cache II 2019
25% Battle Level Bundle 2019


External links[]


  1. "Announcement 🎙️ Acquisition of a former Forward Gaming lineup". Newbee on Twitter. 2019-07-25. Retrieved 2019-07-25.