The sale tickets for The International 2019 tickets will start later than Valve previously announced. The Developer of Dota 2 refused to partner with Damai.com. This was the first priority of Valve for a long time. Yet due to scammers, Valve is now taking its business somewhere else.
Valve has made a wise move to end its association with Damai.com. Since, in recent tournaments, almost all of the tickets were purchased by scammers. In 2017, when League of Legends took place in China, tickets were up for grabs on Damai.com. Yet, as soon as the sales started, the platform crashed. As soon as it went back online, all tickets were bought by bots.
The same scam took place before the start of The Chongqing Major. Five minutes after the start of ticket sales, ads popped up with the price of tickets. four times higher than the original. So it is a very wise move by the organizers to let go of Damai.com. Moreover, it is good to see Valve keeping an eye on the online scammers and discouraging their activities.
The International 2019 will take place in the summer in Shanghai. The exact dates of the competition are yet to be announced. 18 teams will compete for a base prize pool of $ 1.6 million. It will increase with a percentage of the sale of Compendiums and its levels. Only four teams have secured slot of the International 9. So, an exciting competition lies ahead of us to determine which teams will fly off to Shanghai.
5 Teams not participating in ESL
Alliance, Chaos, J.Storm, Gambit Esports, and Ninjas in Pyjamas will not participate in the ESL One Mumbai 2019. This announcement was made by the exclusive portal of ESL.
#ESLOne Mumbai update: Due to an unfortunate fixture clash, some teams have been forced to drop out. The tournament will go ahead with eight teams and a modified group stage, while the playoffs at the NSCI Dome will remain unchanged.
— ESL Dota2 (@ESLDota2) April 10, 2019
A few hours ago, NiP captain, Peter ppd Dager tweeted that his team, NiP will focus on the preparations for the OGA Dota PIT Minor 2019. Alliance and Gambit Esports also withdrew from the event. Croatia will host the minor from 22 to 28 April. Meanwhile, Chaos will not be competing since the team wishes to rest before the start of the Paris Major.
Owing to the big list of absentees from the tournament, the organizers are forced to change the format of the competition. Instead of 12 teams, now only eight will compete. The organizers ensured that TEAM TEAM will arrive in Mumbai. The side secured a slot for the MDL Disneyland® Paris Major.
We're sorry to inform that we will together with @GambitEsports 🇷🇺 and @theAllianceGG 🇪🇺 be withdrawing from @ESLDota2 One Mumbai to prioritize our participation in the @OGADotaPIT Minor and the @DOTA2 Pro Circuit.
Apologies to the fans wanting to see us perform on stage. pic.twitter.com/mFGSdZDvP2
— Ninjas in Pyjamas (@NIP) April 10, 2019
The group stage of ESL One Mumbai 2019 will now be as follows: the teams will be divided into two groups. They will play double-elimination, best of two formats. The results of the matches will determine their seeding in the playoffs. Now, all clubs will progress to the next round. The elimination stage remained unchanged: all matches in it will also take place in the best-of-3 format. The championship in Mumbai will take place from April 19 to April 21, it will not be included in the DPC rating system.