What’s Arteezy’s type of girl? One that can make him go DDU-DU DDU-DU, of course!
With the conclusion of The International 2022 (TI11), Dota 2 players are already enjoying their well-deserved break. Evil Geniuses star Artour “Arteezy” Babaev, in particular, spent the first few days of the offseason attending a concert with his girlfriend, Zhang “Dove” Tiange.
Watching their favorite K-pop girls live on stage, the two seemed to have had the time of their lives, going by their social media posts.
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Arteezy, together with his girlfriend, unwinds after TI11 by watching a Blackpink concert
The esports couple attended the Born Pink world tour on November 6 at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. It was the first time the pro player and the host watched a live Blackpink concert together.
“He’s a bigger fan than me now,” Dove said in her Instagram post.
The Canadian-Uzbekistani carry player’s journey as a Blink (Blackpink’s fandom name) began in 2020 when his girlfriend tweeted a photo of him watching Blackpink’s “How You Like That” performance video. He would also sometimes play Blackpink songs during his Dota 2 livestreams.
Back then, Arteezy was a huge Lisa fanboy, according to Dove. Things have changed since then, as the 26-year-old EG pro expressed his love for Jennie, the group’s singer and rapper.
Artour’s massive admiration for the K-pop girl group was actually heavily influenced by his girlfriend.
“Dove loves to dance, she watches a lot of K-pop dance practice videos,” he said during The International pre-show, Monster Mornings. “And eventually, she used to dance around me, and then I started watching the videos, and then, soon enough, I’m the biggest K-pop fan.”
He didn’t even like K-pop that much at first. But he came around after listening to female K-pop singers like 2NE1’s Sandara Park and Girl’s Day’s Park Sojin, according to an interview from Nexon back in 2014, as translated by Redditor VerbalB.
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