The biggest Dota 2 tournament The International 2019 has begun. After a week-long run of the group stage, final 16 has been completed and the brackets for the main event are set. The upper bracket has 8 teams – 4 top teams from each group, while the lower bracket is pitching teams who took the 5th to 8th place in their respective groups. Bottom teams in each group have been eliminated.
PSG.LGD vs. Virtus.pro
Vici Gaming vs. TNC Predator
OG vs. Newbee
Team Secret vs. Evil Geniuses
Alliance vs. Royal Never Give Up
Fnatic vs. Team Liquid
Infamous vs. Keen Gaming
Mineski vs. Natus Vincere
Upper bracket teams will play best-of-three matches in order to determine who will continue their path to TI9 final. The losing side will drop down to a lower bracket. The first round of the lower bracket will be a real blood-bath since the teams won’t be playing best-of-three and instead will participate in a single-elimination match.
The two teams that were eliminated already are Chaos Esports Club and Ninjas in Pyjamas. For their time at The International 2019, both teams will receive 83,123 dollars each. Currently, The International 2019 prize pool is growing over 33 million dollars which means that the winning side will take more than 15 million dollars.
You can learn more about The International 2019 and how to watch it in our special feature dedicated to the event.