The International 2019 groups have been released, along with a full schedule for the group stage. (Image via @wykrhm / Twitter)
Valve has released The International 2019 groups for the group stage of the US$32+ million tournament.
All 18 teams have been split into two nine-team groups.
— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) August 14, 2019
Group A will feature Alliance, Chaos Esports Club, Keen Gaming, Mineski, Newbee, PSG.LGD, Team Liquid, Team Secret and TNC Predator.
Group B will feature Evil Geniuses, Fnatic, Infamous, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, OG, Royal Never Give Up, Vici Gaming and Virtus.pro.
In terms of Dota 2 Pro Circuit results, Group A features the first, fifth, sixth, ninth, tenth and twelfth teams, with the qualifiers for Southeast Asia, Europe and North America rounding them out. Group B has the second, third, fourth, seventh, eighth and eleventh teams with qualifiers from China, CIS and South America. An argument could be made that the second group is stronger due to the slightly higher average placing of the teams in the DPC. It’s important to remember that some teams will have earned points earlier in the season and might be weaker by comparison now.
The group stage will be a round robin of two-game series. The team with the lowest standing in each group at the end of the group stage will be eliminated, while the other teams will be seeded into the double-elimination bracket.
The first day begins at 9:00 p.m. EDT. It will feature five sets of series, with four series running simultaneously. The first set will be Group A series, the second Group B, the third Group A and so on. Day two will begin at the same time on August 15, with Group B games first.
The full first-day schedule for The International 2019 groups is as follows:
Team Secret vs Alliance
Team Liquid vs Newbee
PSG.LGD vs Chaos Esports Club
TNC Predator vs Keen Gaming
Vici Gaming vs Royal Never Give Up
Virtus.pro vs Ninjas In Pyjamas
Evil Geniuses vs Fnatic
OG versus Natus Vincere
Team Liquid vs Chaos Esports Club
TNC Predator vs Mineski
PSG.LGD vs Keen Gaming
Team Secret vs Newbee
Virtus.pro vs Royal Never Give Up
Evil Geniuses vs Natus Vincere
OG vs Infamous
Vici Gaming vs Fnatic
Team Secret vs Team Liquid
PSG.LGD vs TNC Predator
Alliance vs Chaos Esports Club
Keen Gaming vs Mineski
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