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This build guide for Poppy is for top lane and is by Doublelift, a Diamond rated player on League of Legends and current ADC of Counter Logic Gaming. Poppy bursts tanks from full health to nothing flat. She escapes and always lives with 10 hp.
My handle is Doublelift, and I'm regarded by a majority of the League of Legends community as the best Poppy player in the world. My former team, Epik Gaming, placed 4th in Dreamhack with me. Poppy is one of my signature champions, and I've used her extensively throughout my League of Legends career. I'm considered to be one of the more aggressive and innovative players of the competitive scene, and popularized Ability Power (AP) Poppy.
This guide was later updated by Voyboy for Top lane but it included may of the aspects of Doublelifts philosophy on Poppy
To me, Poppy is a thrilling champion to play. The biggest thing about her is that she has so many options and yet limits the options of your enemies. You'll see that there are many cool and creative ways you can use your abilities, and there's a really satisfying feeling I get when someone's entire HP bar crumbles in a single combo.
Description and Role
Poppy does many things, but her first and foremost purpose is to be an assassin and anti-carry. Her job is to make the enemy carry die very quickly. After your core items are finished, you can actually meet the enemy team's tanks head-on and kill them with ease as well. However, you should focus on your primary objective: deal damage to the enemy's damage-dealers. There's very little that can stop you from doing so if you use your abilities properly.
One of the most unique things about Poppy is she's the only assassin and one of the only Ability Power champions that are viable to duo bottom lane. She is actually quite durable and her position as your team's bottom lane carry fits her perfectly.
While other young yordle girls played skip-step and braided wreathes out of posies, Poppy spent her youth earning calluses and grease stains in her father's armor shop. Blomgrun, her father, was Bandle City's finest smith. The only thing he loved as much as his work was his young daughter, Poppy - named for the sprightly sounds of the sparks that leapt from his ever-burning forge. He welled with pride the day she was first able to lift his trusty hammer, Whomper. Poppy immediately took to his art, demonstrating a natural gift for smithing, which Blomgrun honed with devoted instruction.
One day, a Demacian general named Florin Berell commissioned Blomgrun to craft a helm, glorious beyond comparison. Blomgrun toiled away on this project, determined to present Florin with his finest work. He let Poppy set the center jewel, entrusting her with the most important piece. When the pair finished, they departed for Demacia to deliver it in person. Word of the general's order, however, was leaked to the Noxian High Command, and two Noxian assassins were dispatched to intercept the delivery. Blomgrun was able to occupy the assassins long enough for Poppy to escape with the prized helm. She watched helplessly from the brush as her father was slain. Instead of fleeing home, she carried the helm the rest of the way to Demacia alone. She refused payment for it, saying that no amount would compensate for her father's life. Instead, she offered it as a gift, honoring her father's final intentions. Florin saw the grim determination behind the tears in her eyes, and requested that the leadership of Bandle City appoint Poppy as the yordle ambassador to Demacia. Soon after, seeking to crush Noxus with her father's hammer, Poppy volunteered for the League of Legends.
Poppy may be small, but Whomper - or her will - is not.