I know I've done this to myself because of all of the Yuuri-moves-to-St.-Petersburg fics I've read, but I've come to desperately love the YOI trope of Yuuri being Yakhov's favorite. (Also because he's otherwise surrounded by neurotic Russian diva figure skaters.) But when I read Yakhov's comment after 'catching' Yuuri doping? Immediate waterworks. I am not okay and my crops have withered to less than dust. My heart is shattered and no Superglue can fix these crumbled pieces.
I actually also have the HC that Yuuri becomes Yakov’s favourite in the anime because he is just so damn sweet and not a complete drama queen like the others which made it really hard to write Yakov being so cruel to him in umfb. But unfortunately what Yakov sees of umfb!Yuuri is very far from what he sees of canon!Yuuri and his misconceptions of what kind of a person Yuuri is makes him do it