Top 25 Rankings: March 13, 2014

Posted in Daily Deck on March 13, 2014

By Wizards of the Coast

There were a lot of record-breaking numbers in the world of Magic this past week, but most of them happened away from the Top 25 Pro Rankings. Richmond was the venue for the crazy-huge Grand Prix that saw over 4,300 competitors sleeve up their Modern deck of choice across an epic two days of competition. That any well-known names managed to claw their way to the Top 8 was impressive; that Oscar Jones, Jamie Parke, Josh McClain, Ben Friedman, and Luis Scott-Vargas all made it to the knockout rounds was frankly astonishing.

It wasn't to be a weekend for the big names, however. By the semifinals, only Jones was left, having defeated Josh McClain in the quarters. Even so, that performance was enough to make McClain our one major mover in the rankings this week. He has certainly taken advantage of his much-noted excellence in the Modern format, first barnstorming his way into the Top 25 during Pro Tour Born of the Gods, and then leapfrogging Lee Shi Tian, Paul Rietzl, and Martin Juza up to No. 16 from his Richmond Modern performance.

His conqueror Jones would himself be bested in the semifinals by Brian Liu, while Affinity players Vipin Chackonal and Michael Sigrist went at it in the other final four matchup. Chackonal emerged, but it was Brian Liu who came away with the title.

So, on a weekend where most of the Top 25 were either buried under the weight of 4,303 competitors, or were taking a well-deserved weekend off, Jérémy Dezani remains on top of the pile, with a stack of American talent hot on his heels. Join us again next week for another look at the Magic Top 25 Pro Rankings.

1Jeremy Dezani 67.471
2Reid Duke 62.322
3Owen Turtenwald 61.063
4Ben Stark 59.144
5Tom Martell 55.035
6Samuel Black 54.986
7Shahar Shenhar 54.637
8Josh Utter-Leyton 52.178
9Shuhei Nakamura 49.959
10Willy Edel 48.3210
11Jacob Wilson 47.3611
11Alexander Hayne 47.36+112
13Stanislav Cifka 46.6313
14Yuuya Watanabe 46.4014
15Makihito Mihara 46.0615
16Josh Mcclain 44.45+319
17Shi Tian Lee 43.81-116
18Paul Rietzl 42.67-117
19Martin Juza 41.32-118
20Shaun Mclaren 40.9420
21Chris Fennell 40.4221
22Raphael Levy 39.3022
23Gaudenis Vidugiris 38.42+124
24Eric Froehlich 38.40-123
25Matej Zatlkaj 38.2825

Dropped from rankings: None

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