This month (March) I got to D1 using Skycraggro, but that deck stopped working well against ... almost everything for some reason. So I tried Xenan Strangers. Didn't work for me. Tried Rakano aggro, Combrei Aggro ... none of them were making any progress. But through this whole time, I noticed that there very few Grodov's Strangers in the meta right now. And I remembered this list.
From the bottom of D1, 16 games played, 11 wins, 5 losses - I made it to masters. This was my list.
Re-read is the key card for this archetype, with the market changes. It's the way we are able to replay our Grasp if it gets countered, or if the enemy board wipes us. However, don't be afraid to use Re-read to get back Annihilate for the next Grodov's Stranger, or get back an Honor of Claws to keep digging for combo pieces.
This list could probably be better optimized. The card I'm least confident about is Rainfall Accord, but I was never sad to draw it, so I wouldn't be super fast to replace it with something else.
Note about the market: In my games this month, the only card I never pulled was Burglarize (but it's still needed in case of Gavel). Rindra's Choice and Annihilate are really important to kill off a unit that is wearing a Vanquisher's Blade
; Annihilate could also be very important if your opponent is going for a Grodov's Stranger, especially if they might have killer for it. Hold up Annihilate, and you can shut down that play very hard. Eremot's Designs wrecks aggro, so it's your way of winning a matchup that is otherwise a nightmare for this deck to win. And with 8 merchants, your access to Eremot's Designs is VERY consistent on turn 4 to wipe out the board and stabilize. It just so happens that Eremot's Designs is also great against token decks, like, say, FTS carver sac, for example.