EPICENTER Major has just finished with Vici Gaming being the champion. With that, we’ve officially got Alliance as the final team to receive a direct invite to The International 2019 this August. Meanwhile, at the moment, all Dota 2 teams around the world can now fight for a ticket through the Open Qualifier, now open for registration. The qualifiers will start in a few days after, bringing teams from six different regions to an ultimate test.

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The International is the biggest Dota 2 event of the year, assembling the finest Dota teams around the world.

The best Dota teams in the world assemble!

As a matter of fact, The International 2019 will begin in the latter half of August, not too far away. Aside from 12 direct invites, we’re expecting the final six teams to join the biggest Dota event of the year, through the Open Qualifiers. For your information, these qualifiers will be on FACEIT for the majority of servers like SEA, Europe, CIS, Europe, North and South America. Meanwhile, qualifiers in China will take place under the Perfect World server instead.

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Shanghai will be hosting The International 2019, in the iconic Mercedez Benz Arena.

After the Open Qualifiers, victors shall enter the Regional Qualifiers from Jul 8th to 15th. Therefore, stay tuned for information on invites, schedule, and format of those events. Here are the dates from a trusty source of Dota news: Wykrhm Reddy.

Roster lock

Right now, Valve doesn’t allow teams to change their rosters except for emergency cases. EPICENTER has ended and Valve has released a statement, announcing the rules and exceptions on the substitution issue. This is extremely crucial as breaking the rules might result in a total start-over of the TI run with an Open Qualifiers to compete in.