The Dota 2 International 9 will take place in Shanghai, China

The International 9 is living up to its name in 2019, with Valve naming Shanghai, China as the tournament's host city.

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Prior to Saturday's Top 3 action to wrap up The International 8, plans were revealed for next year's big Dota 2 tournament.

A special video featuring Shanghai vice mayor Weng Tiehui revealed that Valve has selected Shanghai, China to play home to The International 9. The competition will play out from the Mercedes-Benz Arena. This will be the first time in seven years that The International will be played outside of North America.

No word on when The International 9 will take place, but those in North America looking to attend the event live had better brace themselves for a long flight. For more on Saturday's final day of action from The International 8, be sure to check out our guide to The International Grand Finals.

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    August 25, 2018 10:47 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, The Dota 2 International 9 will take place in Shanghai, China

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      August 25, 2018 11:30 AM

      Bummer. RIP Seattle.

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        August 25, 2018 3:56 PM

        I wonder if it’s because of the immigration policies of the US?

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          August 25, 2018 4:41 PM

          I would put a much higher wager on $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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          August 25, 2018 10:33 PM

          Speaking as someone who's tried to visit Shanghai for work and gave up after multiple visits to the Chinese consulate with no visa to show for it, I have a hard time believing it's easier from an immigration standpoint to have it there over the US.

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            August 25, 2018 11:28 PM

            Completely different scenarios where China gets to put on a show for the gaming world to watch

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      August 25, 2018 8:46 PM

      It'll be interesting to see what happens once Valve butts heads with Perfect World and ACE.

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        August 25, 2018 9:15 PM

        Didn't they have a situation at one of the majors where they fired the company responsible for organizing and producing the tournament in the middle of the tournament and had to bring in a new production company.

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          August 25, 2018 10:29 PM

          Yes, that was the first Shanghai Major. The same tournament where that guy got canned and Gabe called him an ass on twitter. (He was.)

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            August 25, 2018 11:17 PM

            2gd, he was the host of ti for several years. But immature but most of the hosts and panel aren't super professional.