Quote from Kathal »Tested a hybrid build of Narset + Griselbrand yesterday evening (build it and played 20+ goldfish games). Thoughts:
It does not really work. Narset adds so many "bad" cards to the deck (to be able to get actually benefits of her) that it is not really worth it. However, what I noticed was, that Pull from Eternity combined with both Serum Powder and Gemstone Caverns led to some very interesting turn 2 kills via Griselbrand. How it works: You are on the draw, use Powder or Gemstone Cavern (ideally) to exile Griselbrand, so you can go for Pull into Vengeance on turn 2. Increased the speed (and also the consisntency) by quite a noticeable margin.
So, next version I will try is a Powder version, something I wanted to do since quite a while.
No, Narset is far too janky. The problem I'm looking to address by turning back towards fury of the horde is the extremely awkward 4Grisel/8Enablers and the 4Wurm/4Enablers inconsistency. Borborygmos doesn't count because Breach/Goryos him doesn't actually do anything without Griselbrand already. I want 8 fatties and 8 things that work on both fatties. Emrakul seems to be the best bet. If I'm already going to be putting 4 Emrakul in my deck then the most logical thing to cut is the Wurm and without the Wurm you don't need Shoal and without Shoal you don't need Borborygmos. I was just curious if anyone had a deck or has seen a deck recently that has gone this route as well. I think it's safe to say that Griselbrand and Shoal, while fun, has reached the best deck in can be in modern for the time being (which is, the results say, not a very good one.) So my thought process is to up the consistency by retooling it a little. Having an 8/8 ratio of combo pieces is better than a 4/8 or a 4/4 ratio and would potentially solve the issue of not having exactly Griselbrand in your top 15 or so cards. Fury of the Horde is a one card combo that makes Griselbrand lethal, which makes a lot more sense when you are cutting Wurms and Shoals. Just a thought.