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LemonNation

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LemonNation
C9 Lemonnation 2015 Summer.png
Background Information
NameDaerek Hart
Country of BirthUnited States
Birthday6/15/1989
Competitive
TeamCloud9 Challenger
RoleSupport
Peak LeagueChallenger I
Alternate IDsC9 BananaNation, C9 HyperX Dora, C9 LemonNation, C9 Lemon, Nom Nom Lemon, Quantic Lemon NT, oRb LemonNation, ShawnOfTheDead, 넌나한태오빠야 (KR)

He is most well-known for being the support and later head coach for Cloud9.

Biography

Daerek was raised in Eden Prairie, Minnesota where he grew up playing video games.

As he progressed in League of Legends, he became known in the high elo ladders for being an only support player, actually playing solely  Janna for a long period of time. He eventually reached rank 1 in solo queue in Season 2 using only support. It was during Season 2 that he was invited to join the team HOODSTOMPGRAVESGG, whose roster consisted of Hoodstomp, LiNk, YoDa, and Vech. This team soon after was picked up in April 2012 by the Orbit Gaming organization to actively compete. LemonNation and his team went through roster changes quickly after joining, however the team went on to pave a strong up and coming name for themselves, placing high in tournaments they entered.

In November 2012, Daerek with his teammates left the brand. Becoming a well known team by this point, they were acquired by Quantic Gaming. It was short-lived as the organization decided to disband. The players went on to compete under the name Team NomNom, which became Cloud 9. Still playing support, in January 2013, Daerek's team came close but were unsuccessful on becoming a team on Riot's new upcoming Season 3 professional competitive league, Riot Season 3 NA Championship Series. Adding new players to the roster after others had left, LemonNation and company were again picked up by revamped Quantic Gaming. This new team was discussed as one of the top amateur teams in the competitive scene, winning the 2013 MLG Winter Championship Summer Promotion Qualifier. Afterwards, the Quantic team achieved what they previously faltered on and won a spot at Season 3 LCS Summer Promotion, beating compLexity Gaming and becoming a new team on the LCS for the summer series.

In May 2013, Lemon and the team decided to part ways with the organization and reform to play under their old name, Cloud 9.

2015 Preseason

Cloud 9 was the North American team fan-voted to IEM San Jose.[1] They defeated paiN Gaming 2-0, Alliance 2-1, and then Unicorns of Love 3-0 to win the tournament.

2015 Season

Due to their IEM San Jose victory, Cloud9 qualified for IEM Katowice in March. They lost their only two games, first to GE Tigers and then to yoe Flash Wolves, and finished in 7th/8th place. Domestically, they underperformed at the start of the season, and were in 8th place at the end of the second week of the spring LCS split. However, they improved over the course of the season, ending with a second-place finish behind Team SoloMid and a playoff bye; after beating Team Liquid 3-2, Cloud9 lost to TSM 1-3 in the finals and finished the split overall in second place.

Cloud9 replaced mid laner Hai with Incarnati0n at the start of the Summer Split due to Hai's retirement. They performed poorly for the first five weeks of the split and replaced Meteos with Hai going into the sixth week. With Hai back on the team, Cloud9's record improved from 3-7 to 6-12 by the end of the split, and they finished in 7th place after a tie-breaker victory against Team 8, narrowly avoiding relegations and retaining their Championship Points, though they did not qualify for playoffs. In the Regional Finals Gauntlet, Cloud9 reverse-swept both Gravity Gaming and Team Impulse before beating Team Liquid 3-1 in the finals. Their fourteen games played over the course of three days gave them North America's third seed to the 2015 Season World Championship, Cloud9's third-consecutive Worlds. LemonNation was criticized for his continuing picks of Karma, which he played four times during the gauntlet and lost with three times.

Considered an underdog at Worlds, Cloud9 were placed into Group B along with Fnatic, ahq, and Invictus Gaming and expected to place last. Instead, they surprised with an undefeated 3-0 first week. In the second week, Cloud9 needed only one win to advance to the quarterfinals but were unable to find it, losing four games in a row including a tiebreaker loss to ahq. They placed third in their group, ahead of only Invictus Gaming.

2016 Preseason

LemonNation had stated on reddit in early July that he intended to retire after Worlds,[2] and in October Cloud9 announced his retirement officially, adding that they were holding open tryouts for both jungler and support, with Hai to play the unfilled role.[3]

Trivia

  • Achieved rank 1 in solo queue at the end of Season 2 and in Season 3 playing only support.
  • Only used  Janna in solo queue in high Elo for large span of time.
  • His name is derived from his middle name, Lemon.
  • Favorite support is  Blitzcrank, least favorite support is  Sona.
  • Enjoys Magic: The Gathering.
  • Has a Master's Degree in Software Engineering from University of St. Thomas.
  • Pioneered AP  Janna support.
  • Looks up to Edward.
  • Played the first support  Nasus in a competitive match.
  • League of Legends was his first MOBA game.
  • He created his first account, ShawnOfTheDead, on the 1st of January, 2010.
  • Lemon's teammates claim he has a bad PR (Public Relations) filter, he has said things that could be considered inappropriate such as his suicide comment on the LCS stream.
  • His Twitter is @Lemonnnation because he forgot the password to his first account, @Lemonnation.
  • His sister's middle name is Lime.
  • He is Jewish.
  • At one point he stated he never used skins for his champions;[4]. however, used the "Exiled Morgana" skin against yoe Flash Wolves in Round 2 of Group A at IEM World Championship Katowice 2015 on 13 March 2015.

Achievements

2015
Date Event Result
2016-08-06 Riot League Championship Series/North America/2017 Season/Spring Promotion Qualified.png c9c 3:0 NRGlogo std.png NRG eSports
2016-04-02 2016 NA LCS Spring Playoffs Template:Place C9 1 : 3 TSMlogo std.png Team SoloMid


2015
Date Event Result
2015-08-31 2015 Season North America Regional Finals Gold.png C9 3 : 1 Liquidlogo std.png Team Liquid
2015-04-19 2015 NA LCS Spring Playoffs Silver.png C9 1 : 3 TSMlogo std.png Team SoloMid


2014
Date Event Result
2014-12-07 IEM Season IX - San Jose Gold.png C9 3 : 0 UOLlogo std.png Unicorns Of Love
2014-09-01 2014 NA LCS Summer Playoffs Silver.png C9 2 : 3 TSMlogo std.png Team SoloMid
2014-05-11 All-Star Paris 2014 SF.png cloud 9 0 : 2 OMGlogo std.png Oh My God
2014-04-20 2014 NA LCS Spring Playoffs Gold.png Cloud9 C9logo std.png 3 : 0 TSMlogo std.png Team SoloMid
2014-03-15 IEM Season VIII - World Championship SF.png c9 1 : 2 Fnaticlogo std.png Fnatic
2013
Date Event Result
2013-09-02 LCS North America Season 3 Summer Playoffs Gold.png Cloud 9 3 : 0 TSMlogo std.png Team SoloMid
2013-05-11 Season 3 LCS Summer Promotion Gold.png quantic3 : 0 CoLlogo std.png compLexity Gaming
2013-03-17 2013 MLG Winter Championship Gold.png Cloud 9 2 : 0 VESlogo std.png Velocity eSports
2013-02-13 Rising Stars Invitational #5 Gold.png Cloud 9 2 : 0 TDTVlogo std.png Team TowerDiveTV
2013-02-06 Rising Stars Invitational #4 Gold.png Cloud 9 2 : 0 Dignitaslogo std.png Team Dignitas
2013-01-18 Rising Stars Invitational #1 Gold.png Cloud 9 2 : 0 Dirtnaplogo std.png Dirt Nap Gaming
2013-01-06 Solomid NA Invitational 12 Bronze.png Team NomNom 0 : 2 Crslogo std.png Team Curse
2012
Date Event Result
2012-12-16 SoloMid Series - Finals Silver.png Team NomNom 1 : 3 Crslogo std.png Team Curse
2012-11-18 SoloMid Series - Week 4 Bronze.png quantic 0 : 2 FeaRlogo std.png Team FeaR
2012-11-11 Lone Star Clash 2 Bronze.png Reddit Nation 0 : 2 Crslogo std.png Team Curse
2012-10-28 SoloMid Series - Week 2 Silver.png orbit 0 : 2 TSMlogo std.png Team SoloMid
2012-10-21 SoloMid Series - Week 1 Silver.png orbit 1 : 2 TSMlogo std.png Team SoloMid
2012-09-30 SoloMid NA Invitational 11 Gold.png orbit 2 : 0 MMe Feruslogo std.png Monomaniac Ferus
2012-08-26 2012 MLG Summer Championship Copper.png orbit 1 : 2 TDlogo std.png Team Dynamic
2012-08-19 SoloMid NA Invitational 7 Bronze.png orbit 0 : 2 TSMlogo std.png Team SoloMid
2012-07-08 SoloMid NA Invitational 4 Gold.png orbit 2 : 1 MTw NAlogo std.png mTw North America
2012-07-01 Leaguepedia NA Invitational Gold.png orbit 2 : 0 TDlogo std.png Team Dynamic
2012-06-24 Solomid NA Invitational 2 Bronze.png Orbit 1 : 2 Crslogo std.png Team Curse


Interviews

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

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