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Poppy Rework Q&A: Development of Passive & Ultimate, Animated Face, New Lore & More

December 4th, 2015

 

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Poppy’s Q&A on the NA Boards has concluded. You can find all the developer answers below. For an in-game preview of Poppy’s rework, check HERE.

 

 

Hey guys,

We’ve gathered a bunch of the folks who worked on Poppy for some Q&A about the Keeper of the Hammer! Whether you’re interested in Poppy’s gameplay, story, art, or sound, ask away and we’ll be happy to answer!

Check out these links if you need to get up to speed:

 

 

Poppy, Keeper of the Hammer: Check out Poppy’s reveal.

 

 

Champion Insights: The story behind Poppy’s champion update.

 

 

The Arsenal: Forging Poppy’s Hammer.

 

 

A Hero’s Calling: A weapon holding the hope of a kingdom has found its champion. She just doesn’t know it.

 

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Why does Poppys new passive go against her playstyle

Solcrushed New PortraitThe shield is intended more to create zones where fights happen (although it also serves poke, fallback and item synergy) which is why the shields love flying into walls. It will drop much closer to Poppy in teamfights though.

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What other variations for a Poppy ultimate did you test for her rework

Solcrushed New PortraitOne I remember is a global ally targeted AOE knockback that had separate cooldowns for each ally. I was toying around with the idea of her being a superhero who swings in to save civilians in distress.

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Was it hard rewriting Poppys personality so she could be more cheerful

Solcrushed New PortraitWe knew we needed to move her personality beyond just being angry and stubborn relatively quickly.

Finding a noble Demacian hero that did not feel like a mini-Garen, that wasn’t easy.

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Do you think the new Poppy can be a viable support

Solcrushed New PortraitFrom our testing her lane was rough as a support, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see people make it work

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How did you come up with Poppys new ultimate

Solcrushed New PortraitWe were looking for something that really played up the ‘disproportionate power’ part and asked ourselves ‘what is the most visually impactful feat of strength we could have in the game?’

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Will you consider buffing the damage on her ult

Ququroon Final PortraitThe power of the ability is in the massive distance (or knockup), so we prefer if it didn’t do tons of damage.

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Why does Poppy s new ult make the enemy untargettable while flying

Solcrushed New PortraitPower budget and differentiation.

We wanted to keep this from becoming a better Lee Sin R or the like.

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Do you think Poppy will become a contested pick on the pro scene

Solcrushed New PortraitI think she has the tools to become one.

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Is her autoattack range increased in her rework compared to old Poppy

Solcrushed New PortraitNot now, we may do it depending on how the currently ongoing attack range increases are going.

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Did you have any thoughts for a future Poppy skin while reworking her

Solcrushed New PortraitThere were about 20,000 sports skin ideas thrown around, with slugger being the obvious one.

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Is Poppys new W supposed to stop consecutive dashes or just the first

KarateMonkey Final PortraitPoppy’s W will stop only one dash per champion per cast.

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Why was Poppys hair color changed from white to blonde

Lonewingy Final PortraitThe team wanted to make sure she doesn’t look like A relative to Tristana. And so Poppy have her own unique space visually.

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How did the audio team record the sound for Poppys new ultimate

KarateMonkey Final PortraitTo make her ultimate SFX I went to the local hardware store and bought a bunch of bricks, cinder blocks and a really big hammer. I then brought it into our Foley room and Poppy ulted all over the place.

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Why does Poppy taunt Tristana with I dont get Yordles. Too fluffy

Stellari Final PortraitShe says that to all Yordles. XD But she generally feels yordles are too disorganized — she’s definitely drawn to orderliness of Demacia.

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Whats the story behind retooling Demacia Rising for Poppys theme

ProtoShredanoid New PortraitHello! Regarding the music – we really wanted to capture both the Demacian and the Yordle aspects of Poppy. We ended up really liking the contrast of the low brass representing the strength and seriousness of her Demacian side and the playful flute for her Yordle roots. The first few theme ideas ended up sounding too solemn, but when I experimented with playing a lighter, more uplifting (Dorian), sprightly variation of Demacia Rising on flute, the piece fell into place. There is also the element of the flute not fully fitting with the low brass and the rest of the orchestra which I believe to be very fitting for a Yordle in Demacia.

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How does Poppy relate to Tristana

Ququroon Final PortraitIn League’s past, Meglings were a separate race from Yordles. Quickly into the game’s release, we genocided unified Meglings with Yordles, making them a single race.

Tristana and Poppy are both Yordles, but have no direct relation to each other.

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Why did you change Poppys lore so drastically in her rework

Stellari Final PortraitOne of the reasons the team changed her bio was because we have a lot of Champions with stories nearly identical to hers. During the Bilgewater event, we released a chapter in the novella about Miss Fortune seeking revenge for her dead parents, and using the weapon they gave her to attain it.

Personally–and I’m not the narrative writer, so this is just an opinion–I find Poppy’s new story to be very endearing. It’s very human (yordle?) to be confident, but also not understand your own strengths. She’s a badass yordle with Imposter Syndrome! I had the most fun working on her, I think.

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Will you do animated faces for future reworks like you did with Poppys

Partiest Cat Final PortraitYordles are always the best candidates for this kind of thing (big heads = lots of visual real estate) but people seem to love it (us too!), so we’ll do our best to look into adding it where we can. No Promisesâ„¢, but we’re always looking for opportunities to make champs more expressive!

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Will Poppys legacy skins be available in store after the rework goes live

KarateMonkey Final PortraitThe legacy skins will be made available for a limited time once she goes live.

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How happy are you now with the Great Yordle Unification Pass

Lonewingy Final PortraitYordles have trait varieties, think about how many dog breeds out there and they look completely different from one another but they are still dogs. Same goes for yordles. They could have different ear shape/positioning also different eyes, and fur color. As long as they don’t look like smurfs, gnomes and dwarfs. They have more animalistic traits and less human traits on their face as well.

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Ququroon Final PortraitI’ve been really happy and satisfied with the progress made on the GYUP (though it really just became us working on a couple). At the beginning of this year, female yordles were… mostly just potatos, but now they’re much further along.

There’s still a lot of yordles that need updating though, but we did make a sizeable chunk. Of the 11 Yordles, 4 are updated to new proportions (Heimerdinger, Gnar, Tristana, Poppy). We’ll be getting to them in time (hi Corki?), but there is still work to be done.

Also, somewhat related, but the new proportions do allow us to have a greater deal of freedom. Final Boss Veigar and Omega Squad Teemo also employ these to great effect.

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Did you have any thoughts for a future Poppy skin while reworking her

Solcrushed New PortraitThere were about 20,000 sports skin ideas thrown around, with slugger being the obvious one

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How can a yordle hold a hammer this big with only one hand

Ququroon Final PortraitShe lifts.

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What is Poppys favourite food

Stellari Final PortraitClearly, it’s lollipops.

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What does Poppy call her hammer

Stellari Final Portrait“My Hammer”? XD

Hammer of Orlon, when she’s being official and sincere. ‘My hammer’ or ‘the hammer’ when she’s being casual (like, I am writing this on my laptop…but it’s actual rito’s laptop).

In my own headcannon, Mr. Hammersworth

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Can you recall any funny bugs you encountered during Poppys rework

Solcrushed New PortraitThere was a ‘ride the giant’ ult where she climbed onto the target and could periodically yank him toward a direction. Way too much clarity and frustration issues.

NOT LIKE THIS

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