| Background Information
|| Daerek Hart
| Country of Birth:
|| June 15, 1989
|| North America
|| Cloud9 Challenger
| Previous Role:
| Favorite champions:
| Alternate IDs:
|| C9 BananaNation, C9 HyperX Dora, C9 LemonNation, C9 Lemon, Nom Nom Lemon, Quantic Lemon NT, oRb LemonNation, ShawnOfTheDead, 넌나한태오빠야 (KR)
| Peak League:
|| Challenger I (NA) 720 LP
| Peak League:
|| Diamond I (KR)
| Social Media and Links
| Team History
Daerek "LemonNation" Hart is the support for Cloud9 Challenger. He is most well-known for being the support and later head coach for Cloud9.
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.
Cloud 9 was the North American team fan-voted to IEM San Jose. They defeated paiN Gaming 2-0, Alliance 2-1, and then Unicorns of Love 3-0 to win the tournament.
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 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.
LemonNation had stated on reddit in early July that he intended to retire after Worlds, 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.
- 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;. 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.
- May 14th, League of Legends: LCS Report with ZAM
- March 14th, Hello, I'm c9 LemonNation I play only SUPPORT and am currently RANK 1 NA. I'm also going to be at MLG Dallas this weekend, AMA with Reddit
- March 17th, LemonNation talks playing on the Mainstage for the first time (video) with GameSpot
- May 11th, QTC vs coL Interview - LCS 2013 NA Summer Promo D2 with LoLEsports
- June 14th, LemonNation talks about Cloud 9's run so far at the LCS(video) with GameSpot
- June 21st, A sit down with Cloud 9 Lemonnation with Team Dignitas
- June 29th, Sneaky talks Day 1 at MLG and has Special Guests Join (video) with GameSpot
- July 1st, C9 HyperX LemonNation, AMA with Reddit
- July 4th, LemonNation and Wildturtle talk about the Past and the Present (video) with GameSpot
- July 26th, LemonNation talks about being 10-0, Champ select during TSM match, & more LCS [LCS SS WK 7 (video)] with MachinimaVS
C9 LemonNation in the NALCS 2015 Season Spring
- ↑ Cloud9 and Unicorns of Love confirmed, get your tickets now! en.intelextrememasters.com
- ↑ lemination's reddit comment reddit.com
- ↑ Cloud9 LCS Announces Support/Jungler Tryouts cloud9.gg
- ↑ The pros and their skins youtube.com