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Battle of the Week: Cyclops vs. Ninjak

The mutant with accurate optic blasts or Valiant's incredibly deadly spy? Get in here and cast your vote!

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Our latest Character of the Month, Scott Summers, a.k.a. Cyclops, has been putting up one heck of a fight in this segment. He barely defeated his first challenger, Wolverine, and he went down swinging -- or shooting -- against the team of Dick Grayson, a.k.a. Nightwing, and Damian Wayne, a.k.a. Robin. Now, Slim faces his latest obstacle: Colin King, a.k.a. Ninjak! Will the X-Man's mutant power and impressive mind grant him another win or will the lethal character from Valiant take him down?

Ninjak's advantages: master of close quarters combat -- both unarmed and armed, praiseworthy agility and reflexes, variety of close range and long range weapons (see image below for additional details), armor offers some additional protection against blunt force trauma.

Cyclops' advantages: accurate, concussive optic blasts which can be fired at a range of different power levels and can even be ricocheted, an incredibly gifted tactical mind, praiseworthy melee capabilities which focus on countering and throws.

Need to know more about Ninjak before voting? Here's some extra info.
Need to know more about Ninjak before voting? Here's some extra info.

Match Rules

  • Combatants are in character.
  • This is a random encounter (aka no prep for either side).
  • Cyclops' powers are pre-AvX.
  • New Valiant universe feats only for Ninjak.
  • They're fighting in a generic downtown city setting. It's unpopulated, at night and all standard city lights remain on. Assume they start roughly 25 feet apart and visible. However, there is a good amount of cover in the location (parked vehicles, bus stops and such) and the entire area is on limits (alleys, rooftops, building interiors, the sewer, etc).
  • Incapacitation, knockout or death all count as elimination. Making a tactical retreat counts as a loss, too. "What's a tactical retreat?" It's leaving the fight with the intention of not returning to the battle in the immediate future. Going to another spot in the environment to catch your breath for a moment or two or for a tactical advantage is not a tactical retreat.
  • Hey, you know what would be really cool? Treating everyone else in the debate with respect. If you think someone's saying something that just isn't true, go ahead and stick to the facts to point out why. There's no need at all to drop insults just because you disagree with someone. Seriously, this is just talking about a fictional fight, there's no need for immaturity and mudslinging.
  • If you think the poll isn't going how it should, making an informative post about why a character is being underestimated and spreading the word is far more useful than complaining. Just saying.
  • One more thing: you don't need to write an essay to have your post highlighted in Friday's article. Sometimes concise posts can be way more effective than a flood of paragraphs.
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Check the homepage this Friday for an updated article with the following:

  • Thoughts from the staff.
  • Viner Arguments for both characters.
  • If we're lucky, blurbs from industry talent.

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