Top 25 Rankings: December 12, 2013

Posted in Daily Deck on December 12, 2013

By Wizards of the Coast

Welcome to the latest look at the Magic Top 25 Pro Rankings. A snowy Grand Prix Dallas was the setting for the latest tussle at the top, with both No. 1 Ben Stark and No. 2 Josh Utter-Leyton looking to sit atop the Magic pile.

Things looked good for the former No. 1 and reigning Player of the Year Utter-Leyton, as he powered his way into Day Two, and ultimately fell just short of the Top 8. Stark, though, didn't let the Swiss rounds spell the end of his tournament. He made it all the way to the elimination rounds, where he beat Eric Centauri in the quarterfinals before missing out on yet another Grand Prix final when losing to eventual champion, Marlon Gutierrez.

Elsewhere, the field was decimated by weather, meaning many of the leading lights were left cooling their heels at home. Although Christian Calcano, Jon Stern, and World Champion Shahar Shenhar all made it into Day Two, only Stern converted into a points finish, winding up in 63rd place. That was good enough, however, for the Canadian to return to the Top 25 rankings, replacing one of the most beloved members of the Hall of Fame, Luis Scott-Vargas, who falls out of the rankings for the first time.

After a whirlwind series of Grand Prix, the Pro Magic world gets to draw breath before Grand Prix Shizuoka in Japan closes out the year. It's looking increasingly likely that, having fought off the Josh Utter-Leyton challenge in Dallas, Ben Stark will end 2013 as the No. 1-ranked player. Join us again next week as we go inside the Magic Top 25 Pro rankings.

Updated December 12, 2013

1Ben Stark 71.091
2Josh Utter-Leyton 69.292
3Reid Duke 65.913
4Shahar Shenhar 64.494
5Samuel Black 61.13+16
6Shuhei Nakamura 61.06-15
7Yuuya Watanabe 60.397
8Willy Edel 58.918
9Jeremy Dezani 57.53+110
10Stanislav Cifka 57.49-19
11Owen Turtenwald 54.61+213
11Makihito Mihara 54.61+112
13Tom Martell 54.54-211
14Eric Froehlich 50.3914
15Martin Juza 48.9115
16David Ochoa 45.9116
17Paul Rietzl 44.5617
18Alexander Hayne 43.9818
19Brian Kibler 43.0619
20Raphael Levy 42.7120
21Craig Wescoe 41.8921
22Ari Lax 40.7122
23David Sharfman 38.7123
24Christian Calcano 37.5624
25Jon Stern 37.28NR

Dropped from rankings: Luis Scott-Vargas

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