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Full list of teams qualified for Dota 2’s The International 2019

Published: 14/Jul/2019 9:53 Updated: 16/Jul/2019 22:44

by Connor Bennett


The International 2019, Dota 2’s annual showpiece event, is right around the corner and there are still a handful of spots up for grabs. 

The ninth installment of The International will take place in Shanghai, China as 18 of the world’s best Dota 2 teams try their hand at being able to lift the Aegis of the Immortals come the grand finals. 


Claiming the Aegis will not only net the winning team the glory of being immortalized in Dota history, but they will also earn a pretty penny in prize winnings – as over $28 million is on offer. Here is a full rundown of who has qualified. 

ValveValve’s showpiece event will head to China for the first time.

The top 12 teams from the Dota Pro Circuit – who have earned the most DPC points from the year of events leading up to The International – all grab themselves an invited qualifying spot to China. 


For this year’s International, those spots include current TI champions OG, the world’s best squad in Team Secret, the always threatening Virtus.Pro, former winners Evil Geniuses, as well as a debut for the iconic name of Ninjas in Pyjamas.

Long-time Dota fans will also notice the return of Alliance, who are making their first return to The International since placing 9-12th in 2016.

ValveReigning champions OG will be returning to defend their International crown.

Regional qualifiers decided

Outside of the DPC qualifiers, The International also gives open qualifying teams the chance to test themselves against the world’s best. 


Each region – North America, South America, Europe, CIS, China, and South East Asia – gets one qualifier spot, which typically goes to a team just outside of the top 12. All the spots have since been determined with all the qualifiers concluding. 

All the spots have been claimed by teams towards the bottom end of the DPC top 20 – with only one coming completely outside of the rankings. 

Natus Vincere – an organization that has won The International – will represent the CIS region, the majority Peruvian roster of Infamous are the South American representatives, while the new-look Mineski roster claimed the South East Asia spot. 


In addition to those, Forward will fly the flag for North America, former winners Chaos Esports Club will represent Europe, and Royal Never Give Up will look to give the home Chinese crowd a performance they can get behind. 

ESLIt’s been a troubling year of Dota for the iconic Na’Vi

The full list of qualified teams for this year’s International event are as follows. 

Team How they qualified
Team Secret DPC #1
Virtus.Pro DPC #2
Vici Gaming DPC #3
Evil Geniuses DPC #4
Team Liquid DPC #5
Fnatic DPC #7
Ninjas in Pyjamas DPC #8
TNC Predator DPC #9
OG DPC #10
Alliance DPC #11
Keen Gaming DPC #12
Natus Vincere CIS Qualifier
Infamous South American Qualifier
Mineski Southeast Asia Qualifier
Forward North American Qualifier
CHAOS Esports Club European Qualifier
Royal Never Give Up Chinese Qualifier

This post was last updated on July 16 at 11:41 am EST.


DOTA 2’s The International 10 achieves world record $40 million prize pool

Published: 10/Oct/2020 0:52

by Bill Cooney


There certainly won’t be any shortage of prize money at DOTA 2’s The International in 2020, with a record-setting amount of over $40 million for the prize pool being accumulated.

The pinnacle of Dota 2 esports is one of the largest celebrations of the popular MOBA, and its record-setting prize pool is a big part of that. Valve usually contributes a baseline of $1.6 million to the pot with the rest coming from player purchases.


25% of all sales for applicable in-game items purchased from the Battle Pass also go into the reward, which has just passed another impressive milestone.

Close to a month after The International 10’s prize pool surpassed that of the 2019 competition’s roughly $33 million mark, it’s now surpassed the ridiculous sum of $40 million.

The International 2020 Prize Pool
Not only is $40 million a record sum for DOTA events, it’s also a record for esports in general.

What’s even more impressive is how quickly fans and players managed to build up to such a staggering dollar amount. In 2019, the then-record breaking sum of $34.3 million was reached in about 110 days before the event began.

The International 10’s prize pool got to that record-breaking number in only 93 days, and reached the $40 million mark roughly a month later just as the Battle Pass ended.

It was clear shortly after the initial launch of the Battle Pass for 2020, that we could very well be in store for another record-breaking year. On the first day of sales, the contribution from battle pass sales reached $6.5 million far above the previous first-day record of $5.8 million.


Biggest Prize Pools in Esports

  1. The International 2020 – $40,000,000+
  2. The International 2019 – $34,330,069
  3. The International 2018 – $25,532,177
  4. The International 2016 – $20,770,460.00
  5. The International 2015 – $18,429,613.05
  6. Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019: Solo – $15,287,500.00

Source: Esports Earnings

Dota 2 Prize Tracker
The TI10 prize pool has absolutely smashed every previous year so far.

As you can tell from the above graph, the $40 million in prize money far exceeds the high point it’s reached in previous years, exponentially higher than even last year’s record-setting spectacle, which was also miles ahead of previous years at basically every step of the way.

Obviously, not being able to physically travel to or watch the premier live event for DOTA 2 esports did little to nothing to dampen fan’s enthusiasm, and as a result, we now officially have a new world record for the largest prize pool at an esports event in history.