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Background Information
NameDaerek Hart
Country of BirthUnited States United States
BirthdayJune 15, 1989 (age 31)
North America
TeamRadiancelogo std.pngRadiance
Favorite Champs

Soloqueue IDsC9 BananaNation, C9 HyperX Dora, C9 LemonNation, C9 Lemon, Nom Nom Lemon, Quantic Lemon NT, oRb LemonNation, ShawnOfTheDead, 넌나한태오빠야 (KR)
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Team History
??? 2012 - Apr 2012
Apr 2012 - Nov 2012
Orbitlogo std.pngOrbit Gaming
Nov 2012 - Dec 2012
Quantic std.pngQuantic Gaming
Dec 2012 - Apr 2013
Cloud9logo std.pngCloud9
Apr 2013 - May 2013
Quantic std.pngQuantic Gaming
May 2013 - Oct 2015
Cloud9logo std.pngCloud9
Oct 2015 - Apr 2016
Cloud9logo std.pngCloud9
Apr 2016 - Jan 2017
Cloud9logo std.pngCloud9 Challenger
Apr 2016 - May 2016
Cloud9logo std.pngCloud9
Jan 2017 - Nov 2017
FlyQuestlogo std.pngFlyQuest
Dec 2017 - Mar 2018
OpTic Gaminglogo std.pngOpTic Gaming
Mar 2019 - Present
Radiancelogo std.pngRadiance

Daerek "LemonNation" Hart is a League of Legends esports player, currently manager for Radiance. 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.

2012 Season[edit]

As he progressed in League of Legends, he became known in the high elo ladder for being an only support player, particularly for playing only
for a long period of time. He eventually reached rank 1 in solo queue in Season 2 only playing support. It was during this time that he was invited to join the team HOODSTOMPGRAVESGG, whose roster consisted of Hoodstomp, LiNk, YoDa, and Vech. Soon after their formation, the team was picked up by the Orbit Gaming organization in April 2012. Although LemonNation and his team went through roster shortly after joining the organization, they still managed to earn themselves a strong reputation by consistently placing high in tournaments they entered.

In November 2012, LemonNation and his teammates decided to leave the organization. Having become a well-known team by this point, they were acquired by Quantic Gaming. However, the team's play under this organization was short-lived, as they soon left the brand. The players went on to compete under the name Team NomNom, which later became Cloud 9.

2013 Season[edit]

Still playing support in January 2013, Daerek's team came close to qualifying for the first season of Riot's new professional league, Riot Season 3 NA Championship Series, but were unsuccessful in the end. Adding new players to the roster after others had left, LemonNation and company were once again picked up by the revamped Quantic Gaming. This new team was considered 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 had previously failed at and earned a spot at the Season 3 LCS Summer Promotion, beating compLexity Gaming and therefore becoming a new team in the LCS for the summer split. In May 2013, Lemon and the team decided to part ways with the organization and reform to play under their old name, Cloud 9.

Under their new organization, LemonNation and his team went on to have an incredibly strong performance in the LCS Season 3 Summer Split, ending the regular season with a 25-3 record and eventually defeating TSM 3-0 in the playoff finals. This would be the start of Cloud 9's domination in the LCS for the next two splits, as well as their rivalry with TSM.

2015 Preseason[edit]

Cloud 9 was the North American team to be fan-voted into IEM San Jose.[18] In the tournament, they defeated paiN Gaming 2-0, Alliance 2-1, and then Unicorns of Love 3-0 to win the tournament.

2015 Season[edit]

Due to their IEM San Jose victory, Cloud9 qualified for IEM Katowice in March. There, 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 LCS Season 5 Spring Split. However, they managed to improve 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 in the semifinals, Cloud9 lost to TSM 1-3 in the finals and finished the split 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 appearance. 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 in the 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 Season[edit]

LemonNation had stated on Reddit in early July that he intended to retire after Worlds,[19] and in October, Cloud9 officially announced his retirement, adding that they were holding open tryouts for both the jungle and support positions, with Hai to play the unfilled role.[20] However he later came out of retirement and joined Cloud9 Challenger in April of 2017. The team was very dominant in the 2017 NA CS Summer Season and finished 1st in the regular split. They won the playoffs with a 3-2 win over Team Liquid Academy. In the Summer Promotion Tournament, C9C defeated NRG Esports 3-0 and qualified for the NA LCS.

2017 Season[edit]

In January of 2017, Cloud9 Challenger was purchased and re-branded into FlyQuest. Although the team was expected to flop, they were dominant in the early stages of the Spring Split. Although they fell off later on, they still finished 5th with a 9-9 record. In the playoffs they defeated Counter Logic Gaming with a 3-2 reverse sweep. In the semifinals they lost 0-3 to Team SoloMid and later on lost the third place match 2-3 too Phoenix1, placing 4th overall. The Summer Season was much harder for FlyQuest as the competition within the region increased. They finished 7th in the regular season and barely retained their Championship Points. This would let them participate in the 2017 Season North America Regional Finals and although they defeated Team Dignitas 3-0 in the first round, they lost 1-3 to CLG in the second round which ended their season. LemonNation left FlyQuest in November and in December he would join the newly formed OpTic Gaming.

2018 Season[edit]

LemonNation left FlyQuest in November and in December joined the newly formed OpTic Gaming. OpTic was predicted to be a bottom tier team, and their spring split performance did little to belie that, as the team never seriously contended for a playoff spot or finished a week above a tie for seventh. The team ended up finishing 5-13, in 9th place. Immediately after the season ended, OpTic announced that LemonNation and top laner zig would be leaving the team. Although he never officially announced his retirement, LemonNation didn't join another team as a player. He eventually joined Radiance, a new organization founded by his Cloud9 teammate Hai, as Head of Events.


  • Achieved rank 1 in solo queue at the end of Season 2 and in Season 3 playing only support.
  • Only played
    in solo queue for a large span of time.
  • His name is derived from his middle name, Lemon.
  • Favorite support is
    , least favorite support is
  • Enjoys Magic: The Gathering.
  • Has a Master's Degree in Software Engineering from University of St. Thomas.
  • Pioneered AP
  • Looks up to Edward.
  • Played the first support
    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 of his first account, @Lemonnation.
  • His sister's middle name is Lime.
  • He is Jewish.
  • At one point, he stated that he never uses skins for his champions.[21] He did, however, use the "Exiled Morgana" skin against yoe Flash Wolves in Round 2 of Group A at IEM World Championship Katowice 2015 on March 13, 2015.
  • Famously had a notebook of counterpicks that he would take on stage with him which earned him the nickname "死亡笔记" in China which translates to "Death Note", a reference to the anime in which the main character writes down names in his notebook of those whom he chooses to die.[22]
  • Contracted coronavirus during the 2019–20 Coronavirus Pandemic, one of the only people in the League of Legends esports community to publically announce he had tested positive. He experienced only mild symptoms and was able to recover quickly at home.

Tournament Results[edit]

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.

Minimum place

LemonNation Tournament Results
DatePlEventLast ResultRoster
2020-07-101 LCS 2020 Summer Classic Showmatch
1 : 0Team SoloMidlogo std.pngTSM
Cloud9logo std.pngC9 Balls,  Meteos,  Hai,  Sneaky,  LemonNation
2019-11-294 Esports Shanghai Masters 2019
0 - 3Blanklogo std.pngRR
Logo std.pngEAGL Westrice,  TheOddOne,  Voyboy,  Cop,  BunnyFuFuu,  LemonNation
2018-08-241 Return of the Legends 2018
3 - 2Team East (Return of the Legends)logo std.pngEast
Team West (Return of the Legends)logo std.pngWest Dyrus,  Alex Ich,  Hai,  Tabzz,  LemonNation
2018-03-189 NA LCS 2018 Spring
5 - 13Blanklogo std.pngRR
OpTic Gaminglogo std.pngOPT zig,  Dhokla,  Akaadian,  PowerOfEvil,  Arrow,  LemonNation,  Zaboutine
2018-03-169 NA Academy 2018 Spring
6 - 12Blanklogo std.pngRR
OpTic Gaminglogo std.pngOPT.A Dhokla,  PieCakeLord,  Akaadian,  Kadir,  Palafox,  Andy,  LemonNation,  Winter
2017-09-103 NA Regional Finals 2017
1 : 3Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.pngCLG
FlyQuestlogo std.pngFLY Balls,  Moon,  Hai,  WildTurtle,  LemonNation,  Thinkcard
2017-08-067 NA LCS 2017 Summer
6 - 12Blanklogo std.pngRR
FlyQuestlogo std.pngFLY Balls,  Moon,  Hai,  WildTurtle,  LemonNation,  Thinkcard,  Hermes
2017-04-234 NA LCS 2017 Spring Playoffs
2 : 3Phoenix1logo std.pngP1
FlyQuestlogo std.pngFLY Balls,  Moon,  Hai,  Altec,  LemonNation,  Thinkcard
2017-03-265 NA LCS 2017 Spring
9 - 9Blanklogo std.pngRR
FlyQuestlogo std.pngFLY Balls,  Moon,  Hai,  Altec,  LemonNation,  Thinkcard
2016-08-07Q NA LCS 2017 Spring Promotion
3 : 0NRG Esportslogo std.pngNRG
Cloud9logo std.pngC9C Balls,  Contractz,  Hai,  Altec,  LemonNation,  Thinkcard


  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2020


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