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[e][h]Protoss CranK
Player Information
Romanized Name:
Choi Jae Won
August 29, 1989 (1989-08-29) (age 26)
Alternate IDs:
CranK, Crank[Name], JaeWon, bRutality, LiquidBisu, cranK829
WCS Rank (Points):
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2011-09-24 - 2012-07-17
2012-09-26 - Present

Choi "CranK" Jae Won is a Protoss player from South Korea, currently signed to Axiom.[1]


CranK played as a Protoss on SK Telecom T1 in Brood War.

Wings of Liberty

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CranK was eliminated by BBoongBBoong in the semifinals of the GSL November 2011 preliminaries. He also took part in It's Gosu eSports Invitational 1 where he lost to DdoRo in the first round.

He has appeared in clan battles, such as in IPL Team Arena week 13 vs Millenium, where he defeated Stephano, but then lost to Adelscott.

On July 26, 2012, it was revealed that CranK had left SlayerS for medical reasons.[2] For the MLG 2012 Summer Championship, Crank received a sponsorship from TotalBiscuit to attend and compete in the event. This would later become the starting point for the creation of TotalBiscuit and Intricacy's Axiom, of which CranK would be the first member and eventually captain.[3]

ESV TV Korean Weekly

On November 10, 2011, CranK participated in the ESV TV Korean Weekly Season 1 Weekly 14. After taking down KeeN, Dragon, Vampire, and TREME, he advanced in to the finals to face TaeJa. He was not able to advance any further and lost to TaeJa by a score of 1-4 and ended up taking second place.

On November 17, 2011, CranK participated in the ESV TV Korean Weekly Season 1 Weekly 15. After taking down Sniper, TaeJa, Dream, and TREME, he advanced in to the finals to face GuineaPig. He was not able to advance any further and lost to GuineaPig by a score of 1-4 and ended up taking second place.

Code A

CranK defeated Apocalypse in the finals of his bracket in the 2012 Global StarCraft II League Season 3 preliminaries and will make his GSL debut in code A.

IGN ProLeague

IPL Season 5

On June 7, 2012, CranK participated in the IPL 5 Amateur Championship Qualifiers. CranK took down Arthur, Royal, Salmosa, Life and then went on to advance in to the finals to face TREME. In the finals, CranK defeated TREME by a score of 2-0 and was able to take first place. His first place finish qualified him for the IGN ProLeague Season 5.

TotalBiscuit personally sponsored Crank's run at the 2012 MLG Summer Championship
(Photo:Kevin Florenzano/MLG)


MLG Raleigh Summer Championship

CranK received a personal sponsorship from TotalBiscuit and Reddit thus was able to attend this event. His flight, transport, and much of the hotel was paid for by TotalBiscuit, food and misc by redditor donations.[4][5] CranK participated in the MLG Raleigh open bracket, in the first round he got a BYE then followed by defeating Spiralsc2, iNcontroL, JimRiSiNg, TubbyTheFat and TT1 all 2-0 to advance to group play. In group play CranK defeated: TaeJa, Revival, lost to HerO, then defeated TaeJa again 4-3 in an extended series, he would go on to play HerO once again and lose 3-4 in a very close series. In the championship bracket he would lose in losers round 6 to Heart 1-2 ending his MLG run and finishing in 9-12th place.

Heart of the Swarm

2013 Starcraft II World Championship Series

Season 1

Crank participated in the WCS America 2013 Premier League Qualifiers. He was able to defeat Sasquatch, Apocalypse, and Top to qualify for WCS America 2013 Season 1 Premier League.

In Premier, Crank was placed in a Ro32 group with Sen, Huk, and Capoch. He was able to advance in first place by defeating Huk and Sen and moved on to the Ro16. He would then face a group consisting of mOOnGLaDe, Apocalypse, and TheStC. Once again Crank was able to advance in first place and moved on to the Ro8, where he would face aLive. Unfortunately aLive defeated Crank 3-0. Crank played in the consolation bracket to try to qualify for the Season 1 Global Finals but was defeated 3-0 by Snute.

Season 2

Crank's performance in Season 1 qualified him for 2013 WCS Season 2 Premier League. He was able to advance from his Ro32 group in second place by defeating both TheStC and Huk. However, he was eliminated in the Ro16 in last place in his group, being defeated 2-0 by Jim and his teammate Alicia. Crank fell to Challenger League where he was defeated 2-0 by Sen. In the Challenger League Group Stage, Crank was able to dominate his group with 2-0 victories over Capoch and Goswser, which qualified him for Premier League in Season 3.

Season 3

Crank played in WCS America 2013 Season 3 Premier League. In his Ro32 group Crank was able to advance in second place with a loss to Scarlett but wins against both puCK and Minigun. In the Ro16 Crank was placed in a tough group with HerO, Hack, and HyuN. Crank was defeated 2-1 by both Hyun and Hack and fell out of Premier League. In Challenger League Crank was able to defeat Suppy 2-1 to win his bracket.

Other Tournaments

Dreamhack Open Bucharest

Crank participated in Dreamhack Bucharest on September 14, 2013. Crank started in the second group stage and was able to advance from his group in first with a 3-0 match score by defeating Jeysen, Protosser, and INnoVation. He would unfortunately be eliminated in the third Group stage with losses to ForGG and Jaedong.

2014 Starcraft II World Championship Series

Crank had to play a Bo5 in 2014 WCS America Season 1 Challenger League to qualify for Premier League. He was able to narrowly defeat PiG to 3-2 to advance to Premier. In Premier League Crank would face a Ro32 group consisting of TaeJa, MajOr, and aLive. Crank was able to advance in first place be defeating both aLive and MajOr 2-0 to advance to the Ro16.

Interviews and Articles





  • Is engaged to Olivia Wong (Olimoley), Axiom's Assistant and Content Manager.[6]
  • His stream is focusing on interaction with the viewers. Took 3rd place in the 2014 Blizzard Stream Awards in category "Favorite StarCraft II Individual Streamer in 2014".[7]


In Major Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2012-11-11 A33rd Lone Star Clash 2 0 : 2 Terran Bomber $2,500
In Premier Team Leagues
Date Event Result
Complete Results in any Tournament



  1. Axiom eSports (September 27, 2012). "Please give some <3 to our first player on the team @AxCranK!".
  2. Str1keFreedom (July 26, 2012). "Genius to Slayers and Statement Regarding Crank". Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  3. desarrisc (September 26, 2012). "TotalBiscuit and Genna forms Axiom Gaming". Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  4. Depetrify (August 8, 2012). "Lets Sponsor CranK to MLG?". Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  5. "Thank you TotalBiscuit and reddit for sending out Crank to MLG - comment". August 26, 2012. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  6. Intricacy (December 19, 2014). "AxCranK & Olimoley are Engaged!". Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  7. Blizzard Entertainment (March 18, 2015). "And the Winners Are... - 2014 Blizzard Stream Awards".