EXO Baekhyun has seamlessly transitioned from K-pop idol to embodying League of Legends champion, Ezreal.

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In a unique collaboration with fellow artistes Ozi, Tobi Lou, and Cal Scruby, Baekhyun is a part of Riot Games’ Heartsteel, the first all-boy virtual group in the League of Legends universe.

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This collaboration isn’t just another addition to Riot’s impressive portfolio; it holds a special significance for Baekhyun. His deep connection with the video game dates back to his early days as a rookie idol in 2012.

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During Worlds 2023 Media Day, the Korean vocalist shares his pure love for LoL and what it means for him to perform as Heartsteel Ezreal.

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Baekhyun’s portrayal of Ezreal in the Heartsteel project is a perfect fit, given his history of maining the marksman champion from the early gaming days to the present.

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“It was an honor to take on the role of Ezreal this time, and I was really happy about it,” he said during the Worlds 2023 press conference as translated by ONE Esports. “I think I approached it with such enthusiasm because I have a lot of affection and love for the game.”

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When Riot Games presented the project to him, Baekhyun eagerly accepted without hesitation. This decision was fueled by his decade-long fandom for League of Legends, dating back to when he played the game with friends in his youth.

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During that time, he wasn’t recognized as an entertainer or an artiste by his gaming companions. However, Heartsteel changed that dynamic.

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“Doing Heartsteel, they finally recognized me as an artiste,” he said. “That moment felt significant to me. Collaborating with Riot has been a really meaningful and enjoyable time.”

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Baekhyun is a member of SM Entertainment’s all-boy group, EXO, which marked its debut in 2012 with the release of “Mama” in both Korean and Mandarin versions for its subunits, EXO-K and EXO-M.

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One of the few hardcore gamers in K-pop, Baekhyun’s love for League of Legends runs deep. He has played the game with his fellow idols in S.M. Super Celeb League, SM Entertainment’s gaming livestream event.

He also owns a gaming laptop, as seen on one of his vlogs, so he can always play on the go.

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Baekhyun also follows the esports scene and is a massive fan of T1 star player Lee “Faker” “Sang-hyeok. In 2021, he teamed up with T1 for the team’s theme song “Runner” for Worlds 2021.

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