The International 9 – Group Stage & Schedule

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The day all of us Dota fans have been waiting for in 2019 is getting real close, literally 24 hours away! Today, we finally got the announcement for groups competing in The International 9. Let’s check out which team is in what group and what their schedule is looking like. There are a total of 18 teams and they’re being split into two groups for Group Stage.

Group A

  • Alliance
  • Chaos Esports Club
  • Keen Gaming
  • Mineski
  • Newbee
  • PSG.LGD
  • Team Liquid
  • Team Secret
  • TNC Predator

Our prediction for teams getting out of Group A are Team Secret, Team Liquid and LGD. However, definitely don’t sleep on TNC and Keen Gaming – they’re coming into TI9 pretty hot. With Team Secret winning most majors, they’re easily a favourite among fans.

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Group B

  • Evil Geniuses
  • Fnatic
  • Infamous
  • Na’Vi
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • OG
  • Royal Never Give Up
  • Vici Gaming
  • Virtus.Pro

Group B, on the other hand, could arguably be touted the stronger group. We’re looking forward to see if OG can hold on their champion spot from last year’s TI8. OG will have to put up a strong wall if they want to defend against strong competition like Evil Geniuses, Vici Gaming and Virtus.Pro. Can EG break their 3rd place curse this year?

All teams have arrived safely in Shanghai so there won’t be any Visa shenanigans this year.

The International 9 Group Stage Schedule

All times listed below are in GMT+8 Malaysian time. Matches will start tomorrow on August 15, 2019.

Day 1 – August 15, 2019 (Best-of-Two)

9:00 AM (A1 Series)

  • Team Liquid vs Newbee
  • Team Secret vs Alliance
  • PSG.LGD vs Chaos Esports Club
  • TNC Predator vs Keen Gaming

11:30 AM (B1 Series)

  • Evil Geniuses vs Fnatic
  • Vici Gaming vs Royal Never Give Up
  • OG vs Na’Vi
  • Virtus.pro vs Ninjas in Pyjamas

2:00 PM (A2 Series)

  • Team Secret vs Newbee
  • Team Liquid vs Chaos Esports Club
  • TNC Predator vs Mineski
  • PSG.LGD vs Keen Gaming

4:30 PM (B2 Series)

  • Virtus.pro vs Royal Never Give Up
  • PSG.LGD vs TNC Predator
  • Alliance vs Chaos Esports Club
  • Keen Gaming vs Mineski

7:00 PM (A3 Series)

  • Team Secret vs Team Liquid
  • PSG.LGD vs TNC Predator
  • Alliance vs Chaos Esports Club
  • Keen Gaming vs Mineski

Day 2 – August 16, 2019 (Best-of-Two)

9:00 AM (B3 Series)

  • Na’Vi vs Infamous
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas vs Fnatic
  • Virtus.pro vs Vici Gaming
  • Evil Geniuses vs OG

11:30 AM (A4 Series)

  • Team Secret vs Keen Gaming
  • Team Liquid vs Mineski
  • TNC Predator vs Alliance
  • PSG.LGD vs Newbee

2:00 PM (B4 Series)

  • Virtus.pro vs Na’Vi
  • OG vs Ninjas In Pyjamas
  • Evil Geniuses vs Royal Never Give Up
  • Vici Gaming vs Infamous

4:30 PM (A5 Series)

  • Team Liquid vs PSG.LGD
  • Alliance vs Keen Gaming
  • Chaos Esports Club vs Mineski
  • TNC Predator vs Newbee

7:00 PM (B5 Series)

  • OG vs Royal Never Give Up
  • Vici Gaming vs Evil Geniuses
  • Fnatic vs Infamous
  • Ninjas In Pyjamas vs Na’Vi

Day 3 – August 17, 2019 (Best-of-Two)

9:00 AM (A6 Series)

  • Team Secret vs TNC Predator
  • Alliance vs Newbee
  • Chaos Esports Club vs Keen Gaming
  • PSG.LGD vs Mineski

11:30 AM (B6 Series)

  • Virtus.pro vs OG
  • Ninjas In Pyjamas vs Royal Never Give Up
  • Fnatic vs Na’Vi
  • Evil Geniuses vs Infamous

2:00 PM (A7 Series)

  • TNC Predator vs Chaos Esports Club
  • Team Liquid vs Alliance
  • Newbee vs Keen Gaming
  • Team Secret vs Mineski

4:30 PM (B7 Series)

  • OG vs Fnatic
  • Royal Never Give Up vs Na’Vi
  • Vici Gaming vs Ninjas In Pyjamas
  • Virtus.pro vs Infamous

7:00 PM (A8 Series)

  • Team Secret vs PSG.LGD
  • Team Liquid vs Keen Gaming
  • Newbee vs Chaos Esports Club
  • Alliance vs Mineski

Day 4 – August 18, 2019 (Best-of-Two)

9:00 AM (B8 Series)

  • Virtus.pro vs Evil Geniuses
  • Ninjas In Pyjamas vs Infamous
  • Royal Never Give Up vs Fnatic
  • Vici Gaming vs Na’Vi

11:30 AM (A9 Series)

  • Team Liquid vs TNC Predator
  • Team Secret vs Chaos Esports Club
  • PSG.LGD vs Alliance
  • Newbee vs Mineski

2:00 PM (B9 Series)

  • Vici Gaming vs OG
  • Virtus.pro vs Fnatic
  • Evil Geniuses vs Ninjas In Pyjamas
  • Royal Never Give Up vs Infamous

That’s all for Group Stage! Playoff Stage will begin on August 20 to August 25. We’ll updated you with a new schedule when Group Stage is over. All Playoff Stage matches will be best-of-three.

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