Originally Posted by A Pillòw
Having no early game makes no sense. Poppy's ult is one of those abilities that makes her instantly better once a point is put into it. Versus someone like Teemo who gets 1 mushroom as soon as he puts a point into it. To me her late game isn't very strong since her ult doesnt add much as you level it up. Versus yet again someone like teemo who, after going on for 15 minutes after he's been lvl6 has been building up his shrooms across the map.
She has no early game because she is easily harassed, and due to her lack of range it's hard for her to harass back. Sure she has a charge and her Q, but that takes up a lot of mana. Constant harass makes it difficult for her to farm. When she reaches level 6, she gets her ult, but it doesn't make her instantly better. In order for her to make good use of it, she needs damage so she can kill someone, but she won't have a lot of damage at level 6 because she won't have many items.
At level 18, when she has a lot of items, she will have a lot of damage, so she can ult someone and pretty much instakill them because her damage is so high late game.