I would like to say sorry beforehand if this comes off as a unproductive and possibly aggressive thread, but i see no possible nerf or work-around for Ruby yak, it needs to be reworked or removed in it’s entirety. Or possibly made into a legendary like sky whales were.
TL:DR - Ruby Yak is just as ruinous for the game as sky whales was, how spirit theft is, and how groundshaker still is even after a lack luster nerf. if you want specifics, please take the time to read some or all of my reasoning.
Ruby yak has imo been the worst card design i’ve seen from any of the new cards in the fall of everlife dlc, it’s on the same scale as the whale in oversky was, and here’s why:
It is basically a counter to any non hard removal in the entire game, the only cards you can get ‘value’ by using against it is: Frogify, last nightmare, doomsday, crystal flower, and phantasm (which is a rubbish trade off) and if you get it low enough on health (which would’ve cost you a few points of hp) stuff like soul drain and emperor’s command.
ANY aoe clear from cards like the new rakoakopter, garudan, hellfire, firestorm, plague bearer, emerald salamander, and blazing salamander, is basically a slap back in your face if you try to get a ‘value’ play on a board full of yaks. Even stuff like wind soldiers, the new hunt down, deepwood stalkers, frogtosser, and probably plenty of other cards, never feel like they’re quite worth it.
All of that would’ve been reason enough for a rework in my book, but it gets even worse: It basically does what burn decks have been doing for a long time, just better, cheaper, and faster.
It makes any deck that would’ve run or thought about running cards like bloodstone sprite and blood singer useless. Since it has a better statline that is incredibly hard to deal with for a lot of decks, a better ability with just a little yak synergy splashed into a deck, it only costs 1 mountain, same as the sprite, but the sprite needs a very aggressive playstyle and has to either collect from enemy wells on it’s own, or have other creatures for that purpose.
Ruby yak has a much looser requirement, and has almost endless potential in how much dmg it can give in a round, where sprite can only give 2 dmg at most, per sprite on board.
All of this even without talking about the absurd sapphire yak synergy you can get with it. 1 collection, and it’s a 6/7, which you can get incredibly fast with the low land requirements.
Sorry for the wall of text, and the blatantly aggressive atmosphere of my post, but i’m honestly sick of bad card designs that ruin so many possibly deck variations, and the meta. All because of 1 card getting added that should never have left the drawing board in the first place.
Case in point: Sky whales, spirit theft, even an old favorite of red decks like groundshaker.