I’ve seen a few people complaining that Yurio acted “selfishly” when he made the decision to include Otabek in his routine in order to make his routine more shocking than Yuuri’s and Victor’s pair skate. After reading the whole manga [which I highly recommend you read, if you haven’t yet https://plisaltin.tumblr.com/post/161097987999/full-scanned-translation-wttm-manga-part-1-part], I decided I wanted to give my opinion on Yurio’s choice:
Do I think Yurio made those changes for the sole purpose of spiting Victuuri? No, not at all. Yurio worked hard on a routine that would shock people and make them realize who he really is so they would stop enforcing the idea that he’s an “innocent fairy” when he never wanted to be seen as that. He was worried that, if he stuck to doing routines that he didn’t enjoy and were the opposite of who he really is, his career would be unfulfilling and possibly even end badly. So he was understandably worried that, after the effort he’d put in, the most important routine for him could possibly be pushed aside or at least appreciated less because of Victor and Yuuri’s undeniably flawless pair skate. Don’t get me wrong, I adore them and their pair skate, but I don’t think Yurio was selfish at all for being upset about it. The manga clearly showed how desperate he was to blow everyone away and make his debut on the ice as the REAL Yuri Plisetsky - badass, edgy and not existing for the sole purpose of pleasing others. It was a huge night for him, and anyone would be determined to be the best in a situation like that, so he made an impulse decision to go all-out and leave his reputation as a “prima ballerina” behind him.
Side note: I also want to add that, regardless of whether they’re friends or not, Yurio and Yuuri are COMPETITORS. In what world is a professional athlete “selfish” for wanting to be better than their competition? That’s how competitive sports works, whether the competitors are friends or not.
(p.s. please try to avoid causing arguments in the replies section. I simply wanted to state my opinion and if you disagree with it then you’re more than welcome to ignore this post and keep scrolling)