July 12, 2019
Austin Capitalist Walsh said that he is waiting for the victory of Virtus.pro on The International 2019 Dota 2 championship. In an interview with Mr. Big Jams, he noted that the clear favorites would most likely not take the championship trophy.
Austin Capitalist Walsh:
“Not exactly Vici Gaming. 100%. Because they won the last major before TI. Team Secret - the main favorite of the tournament - will also lose.
Team Liquid gained good shape. This is a good contender for victory, but it seems to me that this will be the year of Virtus.pro. Last year, the team was too dominant in the season, and nothing happened at TI. This year, the team decided not to try so hard, took a couple of second and third places, relaxed. No one expects Virtus.pro to take Aegis suddenly. I really want this to happen.
The audience in the CIS is simply huge - this is evident every time when Virtus.pro or NAVI are playing. The victory of this region on TI after 9 years is what Dota needs. ”
The International 2019 will be held on August 15-25 in Shanghai. 18 teams will take part in the championship - 12 best teams following the results of the DPC 2018/2019 season and six winners of regional qualifying. The prize fund of the tournament has already exceeded $ 26 million and continues to grow due to sales of Battle Passes and levels to them.
Virtus.pro ranked second in the DPC ranking and received an invitation to TI9. Natus Vincere became the second team to represent the CIS at the tournament - they won the regional qualifiers.