Top 25 Rankings: February 6, 2014

Posted in Daily Deck on February 6, 2014

By Wizards of the Coast

It's a quiet week here at the home of the Magic Top 25 Pro Rankings. And that's good, because if you listen very carefully, you might just hear the feverish scratchings of pen on paper, the whisper of cards being sleeved up, and the incessant tapping of keyboards deep into the night. The biggest names in the game have mostly gone into seclusion with their nearest and dearest (also known as their teammates) to work day and night on the Modern format for Pro Tour Born of the Gods, now just over two weeks away.

Every Pro Tour demands rigorous testing, but the banning of Deathrite Shaman, coupled with the unbanning of both Bitterblossom and Wild Nacatl, have opened up the possibility of a seismic shift in the Modern metagame. Hence the scratchings, whispers, and tapping.

That's not to say that the Pro Tour is the only game in town—far from it. Over the next six weeks, there's a veritable blizzard of Magic coming to screens near you. Grand Prix Paris serves as a white-hot "warm up" event for the Pro Tour, featuring up to 2,000 players choosing from every card under the sun in the Legacy format. For those of a Limited persuasion, Grand Prix Mexico City provides a Theros-based alternative. Many of the Pros will stay in Spain after Valencia, ready for the much-anticipated Team Sealed event at Grand Prix Barcelona, while Antipodeans get their first taste of live video coverage from a home Grand Prix in Melbourne. Grand Prix Richmond rounds out the season, allowing all comers to take a stab at the brand-new Modern metagame.

This week, the rankings don't change. Next week, the rankings don't change. Then watch out—it's going to be carnage.

1Ben Stark 65.421
2Josh Utter-Leyton 62.142
3Reid Duke 61.083
4Shahar Shenhar 60.564
5Jeremy Dezani 59.025
6Samuel Black 57.886
7Tom Martell 56.327
8Shuhei Nakamura 56.058
9Yuuya Watanabe 54.359
10Willy Edel 54.0810
11Stanislav Cifka 52.5611
12Owen Turtenwald 52.1512
13Makihito Mihara 51.1513
14Alexander Hayne 47.9214
15Martin Juza 46.0815
16Eric Froehlich 45.3516
17Paul Rietzl 44.4017
18David Ochoa 41.0818
19Shota Yasooka 40.4019
20Jon Stern 39.8520
21Raphael Levy 39.3621
22Brian Kibler 39.0522
23Craig Wescoe 37.7123
24Ari Lax 37.3624
25Christian Calcano 36.4025

Dropped from rankings: None

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