The decision to keep Goryo’s Vengeance off the ban list was definitely not one I agree with. The card enables more than its fair share of turn-2 kills and isn’t especially easy or fun to interact with. This is the world we’re going to live in for a while, so if they’re not going to adjust the format, let’s see how we can best take advantage of it.

Grishoalbrand is a fun deck that combines Nourishing Shoal with Worldspine Wurm to draw a bunch of cards off Griselbrand and continue to cast more Shoals and draw more cards. It’s not always the most consistent deck, but it’s blisteringly fast and a deck that most people wanted out of the format, and likely should have been, since it violates almost every “rule” that WotC has set for Modern.

But, if we’re going to play Faithless Looting, Goryo’s Vengeance, and Through the Breach, let’s explore if there’s a better way to build it.

Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy has been dominating Standard while making waves in Modern and Vintage. The card is simply absurd and is a great way to fuel the graveyard, filter card selection, and eventually generate card advantage. A Jace activation can put Griselbrand into the graveyard for Goryo’s, but you can also Vengeance back an Emrakul, the Aeons Torn with the shuffle trigger on the stack to decimate your opponent.

Serum Visions and Izzet Charm help add consistency, while eliminating the green cards that don’t do anything on their own. Even Emrakul, often a dead draw for most decks in the early game, is a critical piece to the eventual puzzle of finding Through the Breach or a discard outlet for Goryo’s Vengeance.

The only downside to the deck is that your opponent can’t misclick name the wrong Borborygmos with Pithing Needle anymore…

Grishoalbrand

KOGAMO, 5-0 in an MTGO Modern League