It’s official, we have our 12 teams that have qualified through the Dota Pro Circuit for TI9. TNC Predator, OG, Alliance and Keen Gaming have all earnt their direct invites to the finale of the DPC season, The International 2019.
TNC have been outstanding thus far at the EPICENTER Major with not only topping Group D in the group stage, but also an impressive run in the knockout stage that sees them currently on the final 6.
Despite n0tail being unavailable for the entire tournament due to health issues (forcing their coach Sockshka to stand in), OG were able to progress to the 3rd round of the knockout phase where a rematch of the TI8 grand final awaited them. Unfortunately their run came to an end against PSG.LGD, but this result secured enough DPC points to earn their direct invite and a chance to defend their title.
Alliance and Gambit Esports both had their chance to qualify for TI9 as their 3rd round match up in the lower bracket saw these two teams play each other in a mini-grand final. The winner receives a direct invite to TI9, the loser not only bows out of the EPICENTER Major, but also fails to qualify for TI9 and will have to fight through the Regional Qualifiers. A 2-0 result that featured an epic game 2, saw Alliance move onto the final 6 of EPICENTER, and more importantly secure a place at TI9.
Keen Gaming did absolutely nothing, but that was enough! It would of been a long and tense wait for the Chinese team. As Keen failed to qualify for not only EPICENTER, but also the preceding Starladder minor, Keen were relying on other results to fall their way. Once Forward Gaming were knocked out Gambit fell to the lower bracket, Keen could breathe a sigh of relief as their 1140 DPC points were enough to qualify.
There’s still 4 spots up for grabs through the open and regional qualifiers that kick off July 3, it’s tough but OG proved it can be done.