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There are few things that Dota fans look forward to in the year more than TI9 and Valve has finally released the dates for the Open Qualifier, Closed Qualifier and event dates for the LAN. As we all know, this year TI will be heading to Shanghai, China for its 9th edition and there is quite a bit of hype surrounding the event as the community is expecting the Chinese fans to show up in full force.
The EPICENTER Major, which is the last DPC event of the season will conclude on the 30th of June and we will have a confirmed list of the 12 directly invited/qualified teams to TI9. Following this, the Open Qualifiers for all 6 regions will take place from the 3rd to the 7th of July.
The Closed qualifiers will then take place from the 8th to the 15th with 1 team per region making it to TI9.
Finally, TI9 will be taking place in August. The group stages will commence from the 15th to the 18th while the main event will take place from August 20th to August 25th at the Mercedes Benz Arena.