Even though I’m an amateur when it comes to League of Legends, I take pride in the fact that I know the names of all the champions, and am aware of what they can all do… more or less. I will be honest though, I nearly spat out my morning coffee when I saw that Poppy was getting an overhaul. Why you ask? Well, I’ve honestly never seen the hammer-wielding champion in my life, or at least never paid her much attention.
This I suppose, is why she is getting reworked – so that she can become somewhat relevant again. Here’s a bit more about the teeny tiny champion:
The hallmarks of a great hero are almost always obvious, especially to the person displaying them. Almost always. Poppy’s been tasked with delivering a legendary hammer to a hero who will become legend. Journeying through Runeterra, she uncovers a number of would-be wielders, but never suspects the hammer might have found the right person already.
The power of the hammer, the responsibility of her mission. And a whole swath of new abilities to show off her true strength. Poppy’s kit’s designed to show off her might despite her diminutive stature; whether peeling for your allies by chaining CC like Hammer Shock and Heroic Charge, or plunging into the heart of battle to separate a carry from the crowd, Poppy shows that sometimes all you need in your toolbox is a really big hammer.
Here’s what she and that hammer can do…
Passive: Iron Ambassador
Every several seconds, Poppy throws her buckler as her basic attack, gaining range and bonus magic damage. Once thrown, Poppy can pick up her buckler to gain a shield, but if an enemy walks over her buckler, they’ll temporarily destroy it. If Iron Ambassador kills the target, the buckler returns to Poppy instead of falling to the ground.
Q: Hammer Shock
Poppy smashes the ground, dealing damage and slowing enemies in a small area. After a moment, the crushed ground erupts, dealing the same amount of damage again.
W: Steadfast Presence
Passive: Poppy gains bonus Armor and Magic Resist. This bonus is doubled if Poppy is below 40% health.
Active: Poppy gains Movement Speed. While Steadfast Presence is active, she creates a magic barrier around her, stopping enemy dashes and dealing magic damage to enemies.
E: Heroic Charge
Poppy tackles an enemy, dealing physical damage and carrying them forward. Poppy deals additional physical damage and stuns the enemy if they collide with terrain.
R: Keeper’s Verdict
Poppy charges up her hammer for a mighty blow, slowing herself as she winds up. With the second cast, Poppy unleashes a massive hammer smash, creating a fissure that deals damage and knocks back all enemy champions in a tiny area an enormous distance towards their base. The fissure length and knockback increase with channel duration.
What did you want for Christmas? A change for your favourite hammer-wielding champ? Riot heard, and have obliged!
Last Updated: December 3, 2015