Be a bird!
Think of Emperor's Divide as a defensive ability first and foremost. Use it when the enemy engages on you or your allies. Remember that your team can walk through the soldiers summoned by Emperor's Divide and use this to your advantage when enemy melee champions engage on you.
In the lane, try to position your soldiers between the enemy's minions and the enemy champion. This way you can use them both to last hit and to project threat onto your lane opponent.
Be careful about putting down both of the soldiers stored by Arise! Unless you're going all-in, always have a soldier in your back pocket if you need to escape over a wall or if you misposition your other soldier and need damage now.
You can step on Poppy's shield to deny it from her.
Poppy can stop nearby enemies from dashing with Steadfast Presence.
When Poppy starts to spin her hammer, she is charging Keeper's Verdict.
The stat comparisons shown on this page underscore several strategic Azir vs. Poppy matchup stats that may help you distinguish the distinctions between the two. For instance, Azir’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is more than Poppy’s ratio of NaN, indicating that Azir may be more central to his team's team fighting capacity than Poppy..
Azir often has a similar longest killing spree as his counter does. On average, he receives less damage than Poppy. This often reflects different amounts of tankyness, but it can also show that the one champ has less mobility and thus is unable to kite away from additional harm when engaged or poked.
Both League champions are great. Both have their pros and cons. In League's current meta, Azir usually fairs equally well when facing off against Poppy, with a 49.1% win rate. Thus, Azir makes an ok counter for Poppy.
While Azir does have a lower winrate than Poppy, when on opposite teams, Azir also has a much greater level of difficulty that makes him a more complex character to pick up and master. You should be careful when picking Azir into Poppyas his relative depth means you may not be able to reach his full potential without a lot of practice beforehand.
Moreover, Azir also has some amount of CC and other utility, a similar amount to Poppy. This makes her just as valuable during team fights, especially when fighting champions with a lot of burst damage.
While there is not one best champion for every situation in League of Legends, in Azir vs Poppy matchups, Poppy is the better champ with a similar win rate, more champion depth, and a similar amount of utility to help out your team members during teamfights.
Azir is a somewhat poor counter to Poppy. You will do well by focussing your gameplay on increasing your CS and clearing objectives. If you do that, you should do very well as Azir against Poppy.
If you would like to truly master Azir in order to counter Poppy during both the early game and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should keep reading to gather a few extra tricks and insights into this matchup. If you pay attention to the build and tips shown above, you will increase your win rate significantly and be that much closer to League of Legends pro players.
Azir most often gets more CS relative to Poppy. Champs who on average don't acquire much CS usualy don't have to have much CS to be valuable teammates, such as supports. These kinds of champions are able to scale properly off of their skills, stats, and first items alone. Yet, champions with a lot of CS, such as hyper-carries, typically have to have several high cost items to be effective. In either case, try to exceed the numbers displayed on this page to do well.
The best items to have in your Azir versus Poppy build include Liandry's Anguish, Zhonya's Hourglass, and Shadowflame. When Azir combined at least these three pieces in his build, he performed significantly better when fighting Poppy than with many other common item sets. In fact, Azir had an average winrate of 49.1% battling Poppy with this build.
To have the best probability of coming out on top against Poppy as Azir, you should equip the First Strike, Magical Footwear, Biscuit Delivery, Cosmic Insight, Manaflow Band, and Scorch runes from the Inspiration and Sorcery rune sets. Of all the rune combinations players used for Azir vs Poppy clashes, this combination of runes yielded the highest win rate. Moreover, these runes averaged a 49.1% win rate overall.
By default, tips, stats, and builds on how to beat Poppy as Azir are displayed for all ranked divisions combined. If you want to filter the statistics and builds to a distinct skill level, you can use the selection menu located earlier on the page.