I usually never make post about balance, but here the situation is critical IMO.
While I agree with some of the nerfed in the patch (kron and kara) some others are quite questionable. Reva spell hai was already considered to be the best faction in the game before the patch 1.74 and I am going to explain how the new patch actually buffed the faction despite the saberspine seal nerf:
-Kron: What was the only tier 1 deck that didn’t use kron and actually got wrecked by it: Songhai. I am not saying that the kron nerf was a mistake I am just saying that it should have been balanced with an heavy nerf of Songhai.
-Kara: Kara was one of the few decks who had a decent MU against Songhai now it is gone. Once again not a bad thing on its own but because Songhai has not been balanced properly this nerf will have very bad consequences on the diversity of the meta.
-Siphon energy: Good job CP! You removed the primary weapon that vet had to defeat Songhai , the vet/Songhai MU was pretty even and now vet just auto concede on any buffed ranged minion or four winds magi.
-Zen’rui: the only reason why I thought that fox was okish was because of zen’rui, now fox is officially “THE BEST CARD IN DUELYST” congratulation.
-Shroud: What was the only tier 1 deck that didn’t use shroud and actually got wrecked by it: Songhai. Same story than for kron this one is a bit less obvious but still there.
And the counter balance this we have: a miserable saberspine seal nerf that Songhai players are laughing about : “I guess I needed 3 slots to put some MDS and make my katara even better”
CP completely misunderstood what makes Songhai strong. The boar/meld combo was just a detail on the ocean of OPness that Songhai is, this faction is so ridiculous that card like battle panddo are not even played while they would be insane staples in other factions.
So if we think about the future meta:
before 1.74 the tier 1 was:
Songhai spell hai
In ambush we had cassy creep and lyonar aggro
Now we are left in tier 1 with:
Songhai spell hai
cassy and lyonar aggro in ambush maybe …
Well some will say “it is too early to make such analysis”, well what’s the point of making a prediction if the thing already happened, I prefer to be wrong than irrelevant.