Dota 2 The International 2019 teams

by Sammy Chan
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If you’re a fan of esports, you surely know what The International is. The ninth annual edition, The International 2019, will be held at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. This is the first time ever the event has gone to China.

Known as the tournament with the biggest prize pool, this year it will retain that bragging right. With an initial prize pool of $1,600,000 USD, fans contributed an addition of $29,052,934 USD so far via Battle Pass purchases. This is a huge increase of ~1713.45 percent. If you want to make the prize pool even bigger, you have approximately 41 days to do so before The International 2019 ends. Get a Battle Pass now and contribute 25 percent to the prize pool!

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Qualifying teams

There are a total of 12 teams that qualify through Dota Pro Circuit. Then there are the six teams that made it through Regional Qualifiers. This features one team each from China, Southeast Asia, North America, South America, CIS, and Europe.

The open qualifiers happened from July 3 to July 6 followed by regional qualifiers from the 7th that lasted two weeks. Here are the qualifying teams that will be competing in the group stage on August 15 to August 18, 2019.

Invited teams (via Dota Pro Circuit ranking 1 ~ 12)

  • TEAM SECRET (Europe)
  • VIRTUS.PRO (Russia)
  • VICI GAMING (China)
  • EVIL GENIUSES (North America)
  • TEAM LIQUID (Europe)
  • PSG.LGD (China)
  • FNATIC (Southeast Asia)
  • TNC PREDATOR (Philipines)
  • OG (Europe)
  • ALLIANCE (Europe)
  • KEEN GAMING (China)

Qualifying teams (via Regional Qualifier)

  • MINESKI (Southeast Asia)
  • INFAMOUS (South America)
  • FORWARD GAMING (North America)

Making Malaysia proud

Every year, there’s always one or two Malaysian representing the country and we always hype the sh*t out of them. This year, we have a total of five Malaysian players! They are playing for different regions so you’ll get to pick which team you’re rooting for. Here’s a little spotlight for these Malaysian players.

MidOne (Yeik Nai Zheng)

  • State: Perak
  • Birthday: June 3, 1996
  • Team: Team Secret
  • Region: Europe
  • Role: Solo Middle
  • Signature hero: Ember Spirit, Invoker, Monkey King

xNova (Yap Jian Wei)

  • State: N. Sembilan
  • Birthday: Oct 1, 1997
  • Team: PSG.LGD
  • Region: China
  • Role: Support
  • Signature hero: Rubick, Earth Spirit, Bounty Hunter

Moon (Kam Boon Seng)

  • State: Malacca
  • Birthday: Feb 12, 1995
  • Team: Mineski
  • Region: Southeast Asia
  • Role: Solo Middle
  • Signature hero: Tinker, Shadow Fiend, Puck

ah fu (Tue Soon Chuan)

  • State: Selangor
  • Birthday: June 6, 1994
  • Team: Royal Never Give Up
  • Region: China
  • Role: Support
  • Signature hero: Enigma, Vengeful Spirit, Earth Spirit

vtFaded (Cheng Jia Hao)

  • State: Johor
  • Birthday: July 31, 1998
  • Team: Chaos Esports Club
  • Region: Europe
  • Role: Carry
  • Signature hero: Juggernaut, Phantom Assassin, Terrorblade

So which team will you be rooting for to win in The International 2019? SEAGM’s hometown is Perak so you know we are cheering on MidOne for sure 😉

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