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It’s a sad day for Dota 2 fans. Those interested to buy tickets for The International 2019 early will have to wait a little bit longer after Valve...

AW by Asura World in Apr 10, 2019
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It’s a sad day for Dota 2 fans.

Those interested to buy tickets for The International 2019 early will have to wait a little bit longer after Valve, the developers of Dota 2, chose not to work with Damai.com anymore and made the decision to take their business elsewhere.

Valve’s decision to end their partnership with Damai.com comes with good reason. For the past few years, Damai.com has been the go-to partner for the big Chinese tournaments for Dota 2 and even League of Legends. However, the platform had notoriously been a common target for scammers. Case in point, back in 2017, when the 2018 League of Legends World Championships took place in China, Damai.com crashed as soon as the tickets went up for sale. But, as soon as the site was back up, tickets were no longer available as bots had all bought the available tickets.

The same thing happened at The Chongqing Major earlier this year.

Just a mere five minutes before the tickets went up for sale, ads started popping displaying ticket prices four times higher than what they had originally sold for.

With that said, you can’t really blame Valve for making the decision to end their relationship with Damai.com. More importantly, it’s nice to see Valve making sure to discourage scammers from jacking up the prices for Dota 2’s biggest annual event.

Valve have yet to release the exact schedule for The International 2019. However, we do know that it’s going to be held in Shanghai sometime in August. It will also likely feature 18 Dota 2 teams, with 12 being directly invited based on their rankings on the DPC leaderboards. The initial prize pool should be set at $1.6 million once again, with the crowd-funding mechanic responsible for making the prize pool balloon many times over.

So far, only four teams have secured a slot at The International 2019 - Team Secret, Virtus.Pro, Vici Gaming, and Evil Geniuses.

ESL Restructures ESL One Mumbai 2019 As 5 Teams Withdraw

Five Dota 2 teams have decided to skip the ESL One Mumbai 2019, three of which citing the OGA Dota Pit Minor 2019 as their reason for doing so.

ESL made the announcement earlier on Wednesday, April 10, after Alliance, Chaos Esports Club, J.Storm, Gambit Esports, and Ninjas in Pyjamas, all confirmed that they were going to withdraw from the tournament.

Hours before the announcement, Peter “ppd” Dager, the captain of Ninjas in Pyjamas, tweeted that his team will have to skip the ESL One Mumbai 2019 to focus more on the OGA Dota Pit Minor 2019. Alliance and Gambit Esports also withdrew from the event for the same reasons. The OGA Dota Pit Minor 2019 will run from April 22-28, putting it just right after the ESL One Mumbai 2019, which is scheduled from April 16-21.

As for Chaos Esports Club, they’ve chosen to skip the ESL One Mumbai 2019 in order to rest and prepare for the MDL Disneyland Paris Major on May 4-12.

J.Storm did not disclose the exact reason why they decided to skip the ESL One Mumbai 2019.

Because of the absence of some of the biggest names in Dota 2, the ESL One Mumbai 2019 has been restructured to be an 8-team tournament instead. To round out the tournament lineup, ESL decided to extend an invite to Team Team. The five-man stack led by Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy’ Mao, secured a slot via the North American qualifiers for the MDL Disneyland Paris Major.

As for the format, the ESL One Mumbai 2019 will now split the participating teams into two groups of four teams each, fighting in best-of-three matches in a double-elimination bracket to determine seeding for the playoffs. The playoffs portion at the NSCI Dome will remain unchanged.

ESL One Mumbai 2019 is a non-DPC event that will feature a $300,000 prize pool. It’s set to be the first big Dota 2 tournament in Mumbai.
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