Evil Geniuses are headed to Shanghai, China for The International 2019 following their guaranteed Top 8 finish at the DreamLeague Major 2019.
According to Liquipedia, for the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit, the minimum threshold to secure a spot at The International 2019 is currently set at 4,591 DPC points. After beating Ninjas in Pyjamas in the lower brackets of CORSAIR DreamLeague Season 11, Evil Geniuses now have 4,650 DPC points total as a team. Although they have yet to win a single DPC tournament this season, the North American organization have consistently placed high at both the Kuala Lumpur Major and the Chongqing Major.
Evil Geniuses now join Team Secret and Virtus.Pro as the only Dota 2 teams to have secured their berths at The International 2019.
With their spot guaranteed, Evil Geniuses will now have played at The International for five straight years. The last time Evil Geniuses missed The International was at The International 2013, when star mid player, Syed Sumail ‘SumaiL‘ Hassan, was still only 13 years old. But, of course, for the former TI champions, wrapping off a spot at The International 2019 is just a start. They have their eyes set on bigger things — they want to become the first Dota 2 team to win a TI twice.
Evil Geniuses are one of the most successful Dota 2 teams of all time. They’ve only failed to place at least third at The International just once over the past five years. They also won it all at The International 2015.
At the very least, Evil Geniuses will have a legitimate shot at improving on last year’s top-three finish come this August at The International 2019.
Who’s Going to Qualify for The International 2019 Next?
One of the main factors for Valve’s decision to revamp Dota 2’s competitive scene was transparency. In particular, Valve wanted to make it clear how they selected teams who would receive a direct invite to The International.
Before the debut of the Dota Pro Circuit last year, Dota 2 teams would have to wait until June or July to know if they’ll receive a direct invite, or, if they’ll have to play their way through the qualifiers, to play at the prestigious tournament. This year, teams can know exactly at what point of the season they can ease up and prepare to play for August instead of having to grind through every tournament until Valve’s announcement.
The International is the biggest Dota 2 tournament of the year. To say that qualifying for the tournament is important for any Dota 2 team is only fitting.
For the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit, Valve cut down on the number of DPC tournaments. There are only five Minors and five Majors this season. This means that every appearance counts for Dota 2 teams vying for a chance to play in August. Not to mention, with 12 spots dedicated to direct invites for The International 2019, it’s now significantly more important for Dota 2 teams to perform during the regular season.
If we are to make the assumption that The International 2019 will feature 16 teams, then only 9 direct invite spots remain available.
Which Dota 2 teams do you think will step it up in the second half of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit and secure a spot at The International 2019? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.
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