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Tick Tick, Swift Viral Swordfighter. 15/06/08

Post  Ahmed_Tariq on Sun Jun 15, 2008 2:29 pm

Tick Tick, Swift Viral Swordfighter



Name: Tick Tick, Swift Viral Swordfighter
Type: Creature
Race: Cyber Virus/Dragonoid
Civilization: Water/Fire
Cost: 4
Rules Text: This card is put into the mana zone tapped.
Speed Attacker (This creature doesn't get summoning sickness.)
Whenever this creature attacks, you may draw a card.
Power: 1000
Mana Number: 1
Set: Eternal Phoenix
Rarity: Uncommon
Flavor Text: Winners have two main tendencies. They spot weaknesses and have the speed to attack those weaknesses.
Illustrator: Ken Sugawara
Collector Number: 30
Custom Text: Very soon, Water and Fire will be great friends. You'll see. Very Happy

Tick Tick, Swift Viral Swordfighter. One of the most overshadowed cards from Set 13, Eternal Phoenix. The power to mana ratio can't exactly be called good at 4mana 1k, but when we look at Tick Tick's wonderful ability, the power to mana ratio seems fair enough. What exactly is this wonderful ability of Tick Tick? We will come to that later. Right now, we will discuss the artwork of Tick Tick. One of the most interesting and gripping artworks in Duel Masters. Tick Tick is a Cyber Virus/Dragonoid. The background of the picture contains two rising domes with lava inside them. There are also some fish. Tick Tick's leering at us in the picture with that truly evil leer which clearly states, 'I am going to take over the world. Think you can do something?' Very Happy Tick Tick is basically a lizard. His head and all of his back is covered in different-coloured stinging tentacles. All in all, an amazing artwork.

Note: (The artwork of Tick Tick as described by me is purely through guesswork and through the opinions of other people. If you think that I have missed something describing the artwork, or have described something wrong, kindly notify me and it will be corrected.)

Tick Tick belongs to the race(s), Cyber Virus/Dragonoid.

Dragonoids are the most populous among all the creatures of Fire Civilization. Muscular and slightly larger than Humans, these two-legged creatures are recognized by their lizard-like features.

For Dragonoids, completing the mission is always first priority, regardless of the danger to themselves or their comrades. They possess a vicious, merciless nature, and are assured victory with their ability to make volcanoes erupt. Equipped with Iron and gunpowder, they themselves become living weapons during wartime.

Dragonoids worship Dragons. Their belief is that the bravest, most skillful warriors will be reincarnated as Dragons.

Cyber Viruses are luminous creatures artificially created by Cyber Lords. They can be as small as plankton or as big as an inchworm. Cyber Viruses can be found at work in reconnaissance satellites, concealed in microphones, implanted in antennas or computers. They are equally capable of disrupting the thought processes of a living creature as they are of causing machines to malfunction. An advanced Cyber Virus can even infiltrate computers and manipulate or rewrite programs.

Tick Tick looks a fairly decent card when you look at its ability. Whenever Tick Tick attacks, you may draw a card! It also has 'Speed Attacker.' which means that you can draw a card the turn you summon it. ^_^ It is a great card for Aggros and may even be used in some types of Controls. We may use it to fill in the Turn 4 drops in most Aggros. It can also be used in some nice combos. We can fill up our hand through it. Suppose that we are top-decking. We top-deck a Tick Tick and start filling up our hand! Obviously, it has certain drawbacks and disadvantages which will be discussed later on.

Which CotW can be complete without a sample deck?

Creatures:-

2 * Magmadragon Jagalzor
4 * Pyrofighter Magnus
1 * Scarlet Skyterror
4 * Smash Warrior Stagrandu
3 * Twin-Cannon Skyterror
2 * Valiant Warrior Exorious


3 * Gigaslug
3 * Locomotiver


3 * Aqua Hulcus
2 * Aqua Surfer
2 * Corile
2 * Splash Zebrafish
2 * Thrash Crawler


2 * Galek, the Shadow Warrior

3 * Melnia, the Aqua Shadow

3 * Tick Tick, Swift Viral Swordfighter

Spells:-

3 * Terror Pit
2 * Morbid Medicine


2 * Crimson Hammer
2 * Searing Wave


3 * Energy Stream

2 * Judgement of the Flame's Spear and the Water's Blade


This deck is a R/U/B Control featuring Tick Tick. It focuses on the points on which all Aggroes focus. Yes, You guessed it. (Note: This deck was made in a hurry. It is obviously not good.)

Tick Tick certainly has a lot of weaknesses/disadvantages. First of all, 1000k for 4 Mana is a lot even looking at the ability. Then, we come to the bigger creatures and blockers. Tick Tick fails miserably in these situations. Who can forget the destructive Spells? Tick Tick can even be destroyed by cheap Spells like Crimson Hammer, Volcano Charger, Spastic Missile and Ten-Ton Crunch. Not to mention the fact that it has got a not-so-good race in the form of Cyber Virus. All in all, a card with many weaknesses/disadvantages.

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Advantages:

- It has a freakin' nice ability. Very Happy
- Can be involved in some combos.
- One of the topmost cards you would wish to have in an Aggro.
- Comes from two really nice Civilizations.
- The picture's really mysterious and impressive.
- Has got one good race in the form of Dragonoid.

Disadvantages:

- A very bad power to mana ratio even looking at the ability.
- Completely fails in front of bigger creatures and blockers.
- Can be destroyed by cheap Spells. :?
- Comes from a not-so-good race in the form of Cyber Virus.

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According to me, the card deserves 7.5/10. The advantages and the disadvantages of this card tend to balance each other. The marks obviously get deducted for those horrible disadvantages. :? Well, that's it for the day. Hope you enjoyed it.

~Ahmed_Tariq


Last edited by Ahmed_Tariq on Sat Jul 05, 2008 3:06 pm; edited 2 times in total

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Re: Tick Tick, Swift Viral Swordfighter. 15/06/08

Post  AlphadiosThe2nd on Sun Jun 15, 2008 2:32 pm

amazing article! and cool card!
just that I don't know why you would need Scarlet Skyterror there >_>
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Re: Tick Tick, Swift Viral Swordfighter. 15/06/08

Post  Ahmed_Tariq on Sun Jun 15, 2008 2:34 pm

Thanks, Alphadios. And yes, the deck is pretty lame. I just put in all the cards that appealed to me, lawl. Laughing

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Re: Tick Tick, Swift Viral Swordfighter. 15/06/08

Post  zanipeo272 on Mon Jun 16, 2008 10:21 am

AlphadiosThe2nd wrote:amazing article! and cool card!
just that I don't know why you would need Scarlet Skyterror there >_>

i think i know, its because tick tick gets owned by blockers, 1k power yes?
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Re: Tick Tick, Swift Viral Swordfighter. 15/06/08

Post  dark_boy on Tue Jun 17, 2008 1:18 pm

u are getting better and better. Fantastic article ! Very Happy
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Re: Tick Tick, Swift Viral Swordfighter. 15/06/08

Post  Ahmed_Tariq on Tue Jun 17, 2008 4:02 pm

Thanks, dark_boy! Smile

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Re: Tick Tick, Swift Viral Swordfighter. 15/06/08

Post  nickngyuheng on Fri Jun 20, 2008 12:06 pm

Yes, nice article, Ahmed Tariq! I rate it a 9/10! Except that I think Tick Tick should be rated 7/10 as it has low power.

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Re: Tick Tick, Swift Viral Swordfighter. 15/06/08

Post  Ahmed_Tariq on Fri Jun 20, 2008 2:37 pm

Thank you, nick. I don't know, 7.5 sounded fair to me. You can always power it up through Petrova, Channeler of Suns or the like.

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Re: Tick Tick, Swift Viral Swordfighter. 15/06/08

Post  nickngyuheng on Sat Jun 21, 2008 12:42 am

Hmmm... ok... but if you are using it against blocker rush then Tick Tick is basically one time use. And it can get destroyed easily. Sad

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Re: Tick Tick, Swift Viral Swordfighter. 15/06/08

Post  Ahmed_Tariq on Sat Jun 21, 2008 1:48 am

Yes, it can.

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Re: Tick Tick, Swift Viral Swordfighter. 15/06/08

Post  AlphadiosThe2nd on Sat Jun 21, 2008 1:58 am

ever heard of a rikabu that lets you draw a card, and has a much better race? machine eaters went extinct you know >_>
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Post  Ahmed_Tariq on Sat Jun 21, 2008 2:14 pm

AlphadiosThe2nd wrote:ever heard of a rikabu that lets you draw a card, and has a much better race? machine eaters went extinct you know >_>

A Rikabu that lets you draw a card? o_0

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Post  AlphadiosThe2nd on Sat Jun 21, 2008 2:18 pm

yes. you get to draw a card for 1 mana more! rikabu is 3 mana 1k. tick tick is 4 mana 1k.
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Re: Tick Tick, Swift Viral Swordfighter. 15/06/08

Post  Ahmed_Tariq on Sat Jun 21, 2008 2:30 pm

Are you talking about Rikabu, the Dismantler?

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Post  AlphadiosThe2nd on Sat Jun 21, 2008 2:39 pm

yes. Surprised
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Post  Ahmed_Tariq on Sat Jun 21, 2008 2:41 pm

We cannot draw a card through Rikabu, the Dismantler, can we?

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Post  AlphadiosThe2nd on Sat Jun 21, 2008 2:54 pm

rikabu costs 3 mana, has 1k power, and has speed attacker.
tick tick costs 4 mana, has 1k power, also has speed attacker, and can draw a card.
so isn't tick tick rikabu that lets you draw a card for 1 mana more?
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Post  Ahmed_Tariq on Sat Jun 21, 2008 3:38 pm

Oh, ok. I got a bit confused.

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Post  AlphadiosThe2nd on Sat Jun 21, 2008 3:39 pm

sorry for any disambiguation.
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Post  Ahmed_Tariq on Sat Jun 21, 2008 3:42 pm

No, no. It's definitely not your fault.

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Post  Ahmed_Tariq on Sat Jul 05, 2008 3:07 pm

EDIT: Added the picture.

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