With the group stage coming to an end after several fierce games that have set us up for the 16 teams that will advance to the main event, Valve unveiled the schedule of The International 9 main event which will put the best Dota 2 teams in the world against each other with a fiery competition for prizes worth more than $ 33 million dollars
Group stage matches kicked off on August 15 with 18 teams in Shanghai, but two of the talented teams, Chaos Esports Club, and surprisingly Ninjas in Pyjamas, have found their way out of the tournament because they have not won a single series, giving way to the remaining teams to continue with the most important event in the history of Dota 2.
The main event will be played in the Double Elimination pattern, divided into lower and upper brackets, where the top teams in their respective groups find themselves in the upper bracket, giving them two chances to compete, as they will fall to the lower bracket in case of defeat in the upper slot against the opposing team.
The lower bracket teams, on the contrary, will have only one chance to prove themselves all the way , which will decide one half of the tournament final match, putting the upper bracket champion against Lower in a battle for a grand prize in excess of $ 15 million for the winning team.
PSG.LGD, Team Secret, Virtus.Pro, and OG were able to book their place in the foreground as many expected, with Evil Geniuses, Newbee, ViCi Gaming and TNC Predator joining to complete the top slot, preparing the arena for tough competitions at the main event according to the table below.
Moving to the bottom bracket, things get interesting for Team Liquid, Na’Vi, RNG, Fnatic and Alliance, who will need to do their best if they want to continue the tournament without disappointing their fans, especially the former champion Liquid, which has Arab fans’ hopes on the line having three of the best Arab players in the world.
The task of the lower bracket teams may be the most difficult so far in the history of the game, especially with the teams of the upper bracket full of talents and supernatural performance, which they have to face all to reach the final. Who will win? All the answers will be available by the beginning of the finale on August 20 and through the main event and final matches on August 25 where the new Aegis of Champions winner will be crowned this year.