The pinnacle of Dota 2 is around the corner as The International 2019 is kicking off on August 15th and it will last up until August 25th. Here you can check out everything you need to know about The International 2019.

Schedule and technical details

As said, The International 2019 will kick off on August 15th and it will last for 10 days. The Group Stage will end on August 18th and after one free day Play-offs will start off on August 20th.

When it comes to location, The International will move from Vancouver to Shanghai, China, which is the first edition of The International on Asian soil. Most International events were host by Seatle (6). Then, Valve decided to finally change the environment as they moved to Vancouver. The International 2019 will take a place in Mercedes-Benz Arena and it will feature 18 teams like always.

Besides prestige, there is more than $30,000,000 on the line as the combined prize pool of The International 2019 passed $30 million mark and broke Esports prize pool record.

First appearances and former champions

This year, there are going to be three teams who are going to have a debut at The International in China. Those are domestic teams Royal Never Give Up and Keen Gaming as well as the European team, Ninjas in Pyjamas.

When it comes to former champions, two of them will not be part of The International 2019. The champions from 2012, Invictus Gaming and champions from 2016, Wings failed to qualify for The International this year.

There are also going to be three teams that played Grand Final of The International but have never won it and those are Chaos Esports Club, ViCi Gaming, and PSG.LGD.

This season, ViCi Gaming and Team Secret saw the most success as they split two Majors in 2019, so they will be the main favorites for clinching the title. However, since Majors became part of Dota Pro Circuit, the winner of The International have never won a Major prior to the biggest Dota 2 event, with exception of Evil Geniuses who triumphed at both Asia Major and International in 2015.