LemonNation

LemonNation Domestic Career

2012

Daerek “LemonNation” Hart began his LoL career on HOODSTOMPGRAVESGG. Shortly thereafter, they were picked up by Orbit Gaming. The lineup made a name for itself by performing at numerous tournaments. Domestically, their most notable showing was at the Leaguepedia North American Invitational. Orbit Gaming made a run through the entire bracket, defeating the likes of Team Curse and Team Dynamic to take the trophy.

At the end of 2012, Orbit found themselves tied with Monomaniac Ferus in the Circuit Rankings. Both teams played a tiebreaker to decide who attends the Season Two Regional Finals, but unfortunately, Orbit lost 0-2 and missed out on their ticket to the tournament. After such a devastating loss, LemonNation left the team to join Quantic Gaming. But his stay was short-lived, as Quantic didn’t provide enough financial support to its players.

2013

The entire roster left the organization to compete in the Season 3 North American Offline Qualifier under the name Cloud9 (C9). But unfortunately, C9 fell short after losing to Team MRN and Azure Gaming in the group stage.

In the off-season, Cloud9 went through a series of roster changes. They also briefly took up the banner of Quantic Gaming to attend the 2013 NA LCS Summer Promotion tournament. There, they took down Team Astral Poke and compLexity Gaming to qualify for the NA LCS. Afterward, the entire lineup left Quantic Gaming and went back to Cloud9.

C9 took over the 2013 NA LCS Summer Split with an impressive 25-3 record over the regular season. They displayed the same level of dominance in the playoffs by defeating Team Dignitas and taking down TSM without dropping a single game. With that, they became the NA LCS champions.

2014

The 2014 NA LCS Spring Split had Cloud9 continue their winning streak. Once again, they secured an insane 24-4 win/loss ratio and scored back-to-back victories against Team Curse and TSM in the playoffs. However, C9 came down to earth in summer. Their 18-10 run was impressive, but they were nowhere near as dominant as before. And while they 3-0’d Team Curse in the Semifinals, C9 fell in the finals against TSM. During this time, LemonNation became known as a very cerebral support. He rarely—if ever—went for mechanical outplays, but his vast in-game knowledge made him very good at roaming, warding, and teamfighting.

2015

In the 2015 NA LCS Spring Split, Cloud9 had their weakest showing to date. For the first time since their inception, they ended the regular season in second place. In the playoffs, they scored a hard-fought victory against Team Liquid only to lose to TSM in the finals.

In summer, Cloud9 brought in Jensen to replace Hai in the mid lane. But the result was nothing short of a disaster. C9 struggled to adapt to the new shot calling model, and they had to bring Hai back, this time as their jungler. With Hai’s help, they managed to turn their bad luck around and qualify for the Gauntlet.

Cloud9 proceeded to reverse-sweep Gravity Gaming and Team Impulse before scoring a 3-1 victory against Team Liquid and qualifying for Worlds. This performance went down in history as the Miracle Run.

2016

In the 2016 NA LCS Spring Split, LemonNation stepped down to become C9’s coach. Meanwhile, Hai took up the support role. He was also meant to share playtime with Bunny FuFuu. However, Bunny FuFuu couldn’t provide the same level of performance, and C9 decided to go with Hai for the rest of the split. Cloud9 had a strong showing in the regular season, but everything went out the window when they lost to TSM in the first round of the playoffs.

Afterward, LemonNation moved down to the Cloud9 Challenger (C9C) lineup to play in the 2016 NA CS Summer Split. The team took over the league and secured a first-place finish over the regular season. In the playoffs, they asserted their dominance with a 3-2 victory over Team Liquid Academy. With this win, they advanced to the Promotion Tournament where they took down NRG Esports to qualify for the NA LCS.

2017

In the off-season, the entire C9C roster was acquired by FlyQuest. Their first games showed a lot of promise, but as the 2017 Spring Split progressed, teams learned to exploit their weak laning phase. FlyQuest ended the season in fifth place, and while they scored a 3-2 upset against CLG in the Quarterfinals, they were crushed by TSM in the Semifinals. The third place match didn’t bring them any solace as FlyQuest lost a close 5-game series to Phoenix1.

LemonNation stayed on FlyQuest for the 2017 NA LCS Summer Split. The organization had an abysmal showing, finishing the regular season in seventh place. They regained their composure for the Regional Finals and 3-0’d Team Dignitas in the first round of the competition. But the following 1-3 loss to CLG put an end to their run.

2018

When FlyQuest decided to rebuild their roster, LemonNation left the team to join OpTic Gaming.

LemonNation International Tournaments

2012

LemonNation attended his first international tournament—the 2012 MLG Spring Championship—while playing on Orbit Gaming. His team scored a confident victory over vVv Gaming, but a subsequent 1-2 loss to CLG Prime knocked them down to the loser’s bracket. There, Orbit went on a winning streak by dismantling Redact, Team Legion, and Team SoloMid Evo. Their run came to an end when they fell to CLG.EU in the fifth round of the loser’s bracket.

Orbit Gaming also took part in the 2012 MLG Summer Championship. They had a strong showing in the bracket stage. But the losses to Team Curse and Team Dynamic knocked them down to a fourth-place finish.

2013

On Cloud9, LemonNation went to the 2013 World Championship. Because Cloud9 had won the NA LCS, they were seeded into the Quarterfinals, but a 1-2 loss to Fnatic spelled an end to their run. Then, the team attended IEM Season 8 Cologne. But after being seeded into the Semifinals, C9 made a quick exit due to a 0-2 defeat against Gambit Gaming.

They managed to extract their revenge against Fnatic by scoring a 2-0 victory at the Battle of the Atlantic tournament, but C9 still felt untested at international events.

2014

They had a better showing at the IEM Season 8 World Championship with back-to-back victories against Team WE and Taipei Assassins. But in the end, they still lost 1-2 to Fnatic in the Semifinals.

Their breakthrough came at the 2014 World Championship. Cloud9 breezed through the group stage with a 4-2 record, defeating Alliance and KaBuM! in the process. And while they lost 1-3 to Samsung Blue in the Quarterfinals, this was still their best international showing.

C9 capitalized on this success at IEM Season 9 San Jose. The field wasn’t the strongest, but they still defeated PaiN Gaming, Alliance, and Unicorns of Love to win the trophy. They couldn’t keep the momentum going, though, and the IEM Season 9 World Championship saw Cloud9 leaving the tournament after dropping games to GE Tigers and Flash Wolves.

2015

As for the 2015 World Championship, Cloud9 entered that tournament as underdogs. But despite their shaky domestic showing, they put up a fight in the group stage and barely missed out on the Quarterfinals. Afterward, Cloud9 went to IEM Season 10 Cologne where they fell to H2K.