In Brood War, CranK played as a Protoss on SK Telecom T1. He ended his BW career in 2009 and attended the obligatory military service. Already before finishing it in 2011, he was asked by MMA and BoxeR to play StarCraft 2 for SlayerS once he comes back.
Wings of Liberty
SlayerS and First Steps in StarCraft II (August 2011 - July 2012)
CranK began his StarCraft II career by playing in It's Gosu eSports Invitational 1 on August 10, 2011 where he lost in the first round to DdoRo (1:2). In September 2011, CranK took part in the ESV TV Korean Weekly starting with Season 1 Weekly #11. He lost in the first round to InCa, who later took the 1st place. Weekly #12 was not a success either as CranK fell in the first round again, this time to cOre. At the end of October 2011, CranK participated in 2011 GSL November Preliminaries but was eliminated by BBoongBBoong.
Things changed in November 2011, when CranK reached his first finals in ESV TV Korean Weekly #14 defeating KeeN, Dragon, Vampire and TREME. However, he fell to TaeJa in the final (1:4) and took second place. He was on a win streak in ESV TV Korean Weekly #15 as well, taking down Sniper, TaeJa, Dream and TREME, but was stopped by GuineaPig in the finals and ended up with another second place.
CranK played for SlayerS in team tournaments as well. On December 2, 2011, when they faced Millenium in IPL Team Arena Week 13, he beat Stephano but then lost to Adelscott. He appeared in the match versus TyLoo as well but was defeated by Uhen.
On June 7, 2012, CranK participated in the IPL 5 Amateur Championship. He took down Arthur, Royal, Salmosa, Life and in the finals TREME without losing a map. His first place finish earned him a seed for the IGN ProLeague Season 5 as well as paid trip for the event.
The Birth of Axiom (August 2012 - March 2013)
After leaving SlayerS, CranK started streaming while looking for a new team. Seeing as none was picking him up, one of his fans started a crowdfunding campaign on Reddit to send CranK to MLG 2012 Summer Championship, which caught attention of TotalBiscuit and Intricacy. CranK received personal sponsorship for the event - TotalBiscuit covered the flight, transport and accommodation, while redditor donations paid for the misc costs. That later became the starting point for the creation of team Axiom.
CranK participated in the MLG Raleigh Open Bracket where he defeated Spiral, iNcontroL, JimRiSiNg, TubbyTheFat and TT1 without losing a map, and advanced to the Group Play. There, he took down TaeJa and Revival, lost to HerO, then defeated TaeJa again 4:3 in an extended series, and went on to play HerO once again losing 3:4 in a very close match. In the Championship Bracket, he dropped out in Losers Round 6 defeated by Heart 1:2, ending his MLG run at 9-12th place.
On September 26, 2012, it was officially announced that Intricacy and CranK had created team Axiom eSports with TotalBiscuit and Husky as the sponsors. CranK became the first member of the team, as well as its captain.
Heart of the Swarm
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|In Major Tournaments|
|2012-11-11||3rd||Lone Star Clash 2||0 : 2||Bomber||$2,500|
|In Premier Team Leagues|
|2013-08-02||Acer TeamStory Cup Season 1||All Kill of Quantic Gaming|
|Alicia||Neo Planet S||Venus|
|Complete Results in any Tournament|
Interviews and Articles
- 2015-04-14 | "Streamer of the Week: Axiom CranK, The High Fiver" by Neuro of The Weekly All-in
- 2013-09-30 | CranK: "I don't really care about being a winner. I just want to leave my name in eSports." by Olivia Wong of Axiom
- 2013-06-02 | Axiom CranK at WCS America Premier League Finals by Thomas Shifrer of ESFI at 2013 WCS Season 1 America
- 2013-06-01 | Crank: "I Can Take This Whole Competition" by MLG at 2013 WCS Season 1 America
- 2013-05-22 | Crank WCS AM Ro16 by Teamliquid.net at 2013 WCS Season 1 America
- 2013-05-16 | WCS America mini-interview with Ryung, Alicia, and CranK by Olivia Wong of Axiom
- 2013-04-05 | 2013 GSTL Season 1 Group Stage Axiom-Acer vs LG-IM Winner by WaxAngel of TeamLiquid.net
- 2012-08-31 | CranK Says The Fans Saved Him From Quitting eSports by Slasher of GameSpot at 2012 MLG Pro Circuit - Summer
- 2012-08-28 | CranK Interview: Backstory & Rise to Power - StarCraft 2 by Steve Burke of Gamers Nexus at 2012 MLG Pro Circuit - Summer
- 2012-08-26 | CranK Talks About His Undefeated Streak And Gratefulness To The Fans by Slasher of GameSpot at 2012 MLG Pro Circuit - Summer
- 2012-06-01 | Interview with Slayers Crank: "carriers are really strong when your army composition is ready" by Anders Ingebrigtsen of Team Dignitas
- 2012-05-28 | 2012 GSL S3 Code A Qualifiers by ThisisGame at 2012 GSL Season 3
- Is married to Olimoley.
- 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".
- crank829 (October 16, 2015). "Thank you Axiom". Reddit.com. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
- Str1keFreedom (July 26, 2012). "Genius to Slayers and Statement Regarding CranK". TeamLiquid.net. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
- Depetrify (August 8, 2012). "Lets Sponsor CranK to MLG?". Reddit.com. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
- "Thank you TotalBiscuit and reddit for sending out Crank to MLG - comment". Reddit.com. August 26, 2012. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
- desarrisc (September 26, 2012). "TotalBiscuit and Genna forms Axiom Gaming". TeamLiquid.net. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
- Intricacy (December 19, 2014). "AxCranK & Olimoley are Engaged!". Reddit.com. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
- CranK (May 1, 2016). "reddit Starcraft ruined my life". Reddit.com. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
- Blizzard Entertainment (March 18, 2015). "And the Winners Are... - 2014 Blizzard Stream Awards". Battle.net.