It just dawned on me that Lulu is our first female Yordle since Poppy and Tristana. Anyway, no time for wit! You people are waiting for a first impressions post.
On the aesthetics side of things, everything’s up to snuff. Model and animations are nice, particle effects are pretty good, too. I’ve noticed that she’s surprisingly jittery when idling, though. Not to the point of Ziggs’ having a mini-seizure, but her idle animation is a lot less idle than most champions. The voice is really well done, too. It’s like a less manic Tristana that has a constant sense of awe and wonder about her. Of particular note is her autoattack (or perhaps Pix’s attack) sound. It sounds really big and satisfying, but doesn’t quite fit the rest of her feel.
Her skins are hit and miss. On one hand, Bittersweet’s splash art looks is horrible to look at. On the other hand, she turns enemies into sentient cupcakes. Vice versa for Wicked. Great model and splash art, meh quality polymorph change. It doesn’t help that Bittersweet reminds me of an evil version of the orphan matron from Mirai Nikki.
Anyhoo, let’s talk playstyle. I’m not one to jump at the chance to play support (mostly because I’m bad at it), but Lulu is really fun. She’s aggressive to the point of not feeling like a shield/heal/ward-bot. I think this is the direction Riot needs to end up going with, well, all their champions, but mostly supports. Give us something to do aside from sitting around, helping buddies and dropping the occasional ward. Alternatively, just let Xypherous design everyone from now on. I can’t think of a single champion of his I don’t like.
Also, I have to say, as a guy who’s only really played Taric for his support, shields are satisfying as hell to pull off. It’s one thing to save someone with a clutch heal, but blocking a huge amount of damage with a shield? Nothing quite beats that. It’s a tiny thing that few people notice and appreciate, but it feels good knowing that someone lived thanks to your quick reflexes. Granted, there’s a downside to knowing that had you reacted a fraction of a second earlier, your legendary Ashe wouldn’t have died. Feels bad, man.
Anyway, I’ve only played her as support with varying degrees of success, but it feels like she could be a situational mid or solo top. She hits hard enough with higher ranks of Help, Pix! without too much bonus AP, so I could see it working. I was actually watching Guardsman Bob play a few games with her while writing this and apparently attack speed Lulu is terrifying.
Anyhoo, do I recommend her? Eh… Kind of. Support’s not for everyone, so I’d say only pick her up if you’re a diehard support fan or just like what Xypherous tends to do. Everyone else should wait until free week, though. It takes some time getting used to her, but she’s pretty satisfying when you learn how she works. Also, I highly recommend having smart cast on at least Whimsy and Help, Pix!. It works wonders. Anyway, that’s me done for now. If you fine folks like what you see her, feel free to subscribe via email or tell your friends (or enemies!), because every reader helps immensely. As always, thanks for reading and have a good’un.