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Set:Madness at the Darkmoon FaireMadness at the Darkmoon Faire
Minion type:Demon
Cost:6 Mana icon.png
Attack:8 Attack icon.png
Health:8 Health
Artist:James Ryman
Battlecry: Remove the top 5 cards from your deck. Corrupt: Your opponent's deck instead.
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"These are all.... EXPIRED!"

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Tickatus is a legendary warlock minion card, from the Madness at the Darkmoon Faire set.

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Madness at the Darkmoon Faire Pack
Wild Pack
Year of the Phoenix Pack
Golden Madness at the Darkmoon Faire Pack
Regular, Golden1
Crafting1600 dustdustRegular1
Crafting3200 dustdustGolden1

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Tickatus is a bit of a double-edged sword. 8/8 for 6 mana is a fantastic bargain, but suffers from a terrible downside. You risk burning away crucial key cards from your deck by playing Tickatus uncorrupted. As such, it's best to only consider playing him immediately only if the enemy is considerably weakened. Tickatus's non-corrupted form can also be used to achieve the conditions of Forged in the BarrensNeeru Fireblade or The Boomsday ProjectMecha'thun more quickly.

Once Corrupted, Tickatus can be used as a counter card to combo decks, attempting to burn away key combo pieces in large numbers. He's also an almost automatic win in control matchups, where he brings the opponent closer to Fatigue and very likely burns their key value/removal cards that they need in order to deal with a control warlock value/boards. In Wild, Tickatus can also be used with The League of ExplorersBrann Bronzebeard to burn up to 10 opponent cards, which is incredibly destructive against control/combo decks. Tickatus is generally too slow and unimpactful against an aggro deck, but can still be played as a large threat once the board has stabilized. Keep in mind that, with Warlock's consistent card draw, Tickatus will generally put both players on similar deck size (although with the opponent losing value on their burnt cards).

Tickatus is fairly expensive, and will require a heavy deck to consistently Corrupt. The easiest ways to Corrupt Tickatus are cards like Scholomance AcademySoulciologist Malicia, LegacyTwisting Nether, or even an uncorrupted Madness at the Darkmoon FaireStrongman in a pinch.

Tickatus can also be duplicated by Scholomance AcademyFelosophy or Saviors of UldumExpired Merchant, or gaining another copy from Madness at the Darkmoon FaireY'Shaarj, the Defiler. This gives Tickatus the potential to burn a huge number of cards from the opponent's deck.




Tickatus is unique to Hearthstone. He appears to be an Abyssal, obsessed with Darkmoon Faire tickets; hence the name Tickatus.

Wowpedia icon.pngThis section uses content from Wowpedia.
Abyssals are demonic constructs similar to infernals, but made from rougher, more jagged material. Their flames can be either red, green or even blue. The ritual to summon an abyssal is complicated and often fails. When a failure occurs, a small piece of the demon typically remains behind, seething with a combination of latent demonic rage and despair at its own dysfunction. Ancient battlegrounds are littered with such stones.
Their white-hot cores can be useful as a compressed fuel source.


  • Tickatus has proven to be a very contentious topic among the Hearthstone fanbase, seeming too slow to be used at the top competitive levels of play, but being seen as very unfun to play against in the more casual levels. While developers such as Iksar/Dean Ayala do not view Tickatus as a problem and has repeatedly defended the card on Twitter as not mattering unless the game goes to fatigue, the ability to essentially get rid of the opponent's ability to play the game after using Tickatus in combination with Madness at the Darkmoon FaireY'Shaarj, the Defiler is seen as a serious problem in the game's lower tiers. Iksar's claims that Tickatus would not be nerfed unless it becomes a problem at the higher tiers have also caused controversy.[citation needed]
  • Tickatus was a part of Patch, an April Fools 2022 prank, with the announced text change from "Battlecry: Remove the top 5 cards from your deck. Corrupt: Your opponent's deck instead." to "Battlecry: Remove the top 10 cards from your deck. Corrupt: Your opponent's deck instead." and a Dev Comment "We've seen a lot of complaints about Tickatus, and we agree. A 6 mana 8/8 is way too overpowered, so we are increasing the drawback to compensate."


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