CrunCher

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ProtossCrunCher
Player Information
Name: Abdulaziz Abed
Birth: December 9, 1991 (1991-12-09) (age 22)
Country: USA United States
Race: Protoss
Alternate IDs: coL.CrunCher, ONECrunCher
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History
????-??-?? - 2011-01-27

2011-01-27 - 2012-01-01

2012-03-02 - Present


Abdulaziz "CrunCher" Abed is an American Protoss player currently teamless.

Biography[edit]

CrunCher was born in Oregon to a Polish mother and a Kuwaiti father. His name is of Arabic origins. He was a relatively successful Warcraft III player who managed to place in several Blizzard Regionals and WCG USA Regionals. After qualifying for Blizzcon 2010, CrunCher just "gave up on WC3" and ended tower rushing both his opponents.[1] He was also known to play a little StarCraft I, World of Warcraft, and Diablo 2. He currently resides in Tennessee.

On October 3, 2011, compLexity Gaming announced that CrunCher "decided to go inactive from professional StarCraft II in order to focus on college. He will remain under contract until January 2012 at which time he will be released."[2]

On April 2, 2012, incredible Panic announced CrunCher joined the team which he would represent in NASL Season 3 as well as the incredible Panic Team League Season 4.[3] This marked CrunCher's return from six months of inactivity.[4]

In Beta[edit]

CrunCher played during the beta but did not achieve any real sort of success since he was still very much focusing on Warcraft III at the time. During beta, he played Random but found Terran to be "boring" and Zerg to be "weird", and so he ultimately chose Protoss as his main race because he loved using Cannons, Warp Gates, and Motherships.

Wings of Liberty[edit]

CrunCher fully transitioned into StarCraft II a few months into the release of Wings of Liberty. During Wings of Liberty, he was originally drafted by ONE Gaming and competed in several clan wars. Other than being placed in the Blizzard NA Server Top 200, he hadn't really accomplished much until his underdog performance in the TeamLiquid Open #10. Upon his route to winning this tournament, he defeated several notable players such as Beastyqt, Ciara, KiWiKaKi, and eventually Fenix in the final. By beating him, CrunCher countered the talk of him being an entirely cheese-oriented player and secured a spot in the 2011 Pokerstrategy.com TSL3.

On January 27, CrunCher left ONE Gaming and joined compLexity Gaming.[5] ONE Gaming's official statement was, "Both CrunCher and ONE have different attitudes and out looks on things, and both of us felt that it would be best to part ways." [6]

In the TSL3 CrunCher would pulled a 2-1 upset over one of the tournament's major foreign favorites IdrA. The manner ":)" smiley face he typed out to IdrA at the conclusion of the third and final game has given him notoriety in the community. Cruncher also took out Mondragon in the round of 16 before losing 3-2 to NaNiwa in the quarterfinals. Although he has yet to secure any major victories, he has been a consistent performer during the 2011 MLG Pro Circuit where he managed to break into the top 20 during Columbus and Anaheim from the open bracket.

Playstyle[edit]

CrunCher has a fairly standard style of play and been known to execute the 4 Warpgate Rush with a good degree of effectiveness due to his stellar micro. He utilizes a fair amount of Immortals in his army composition and has also been known to favor the Mothership, a unit he refers to as "the best unit", in the late game.[1]

Rivalries[edit]

IdrA[edit]

CrunCher's rivalry with IdrA started when CrunCher began to cheese him on the ladder.[7] Their meeting in the Round of 32 in the TSL3 was a heated one, with CrunCher defeating IdrA 2-1. IdrA quit both games he lost without a gg, and the ":)" face CrunCher typed out before IdrA left the third game brought CrunCher notoriety. They met again in ESEA and on July 30, 2011 in MLG Anaheim 2011, with CrunCher losing both matches, 2-1 and 2-0 respectively.

Trivia[edit]

  • Played Human in Warcraft III.[8]

Achievements[edit]

In Minor Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2011-01-22 A11st TeamSpeak TL Open 10 3 : 0 Terran Fenix $100
Complete Results in any Tournament

Gallery[edit]

Interviews[edit]

2011[edit]

References[edit]

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