Player Profile: Josh Utter-Leyton

Posted in Event Coverage on July 27, 2013

By Wizards of the Coast

Country: United States
Age: 27
Twitter: @wrapter

Invitation Source: 2012-13 Player of the Year
Lifetime Pro Points: 223
Lifetime Winnings: $121,650

Professional Magic Accomplishments:

  • 2012-13 Pro Tour Player of the Year
  • 2010 United States National champion
  • 2013 United States National champion

Pro Tour Top 8s: 4

  • San Juan 2010: 5th
  • Philadelphia 2011: 2nd
  • 2011 World Championships in San Francisco: 7th
  • Dragon's Maze in San Diego 2013: 4th

Grand Prix Top 8s: 7

  • Nashville 2010: 5th
  • Dallas/Fort Worth 2011: 6th
  • Nashville 2012: 4th
  • Minneapolis 2012: 6th
  • Costa Rica 2012: 5th
  • Chicago 2012: 2nd
  • Atlantic City 2013: 2nd

National Team Appearances: 1

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2013 Player of the Year, Josh Utter-Leyton.

Utter-Leyton's possession of the title wasn't set until late into the closing rounds of Pro Tour Dragon's Maze, nervously watching as Tom Martell made his push for Top 8, but falling narrowly short. With the weight of the world off his shoulders, Utter-Leyton began to gush, incredulous that he was the new Player of the Year.

Having described his time in last year's Players Championship as "the greatest tournament experience he's ever had," Utter-Leyton was ecstatic at the opportunity to give a repeat performance. Earning his spot last year by virtue of his position as one of the top ranked players in the world, Utter-Leyton's calling card has been his utter consistency, seemingly never posting a finish outside of the Top 64. A core member of Team ChannelFireball, Utter-Leyton is surrounded by some of the best minds the game has to offer, and admits that it has been a major factor in his improvement as a player.

Another fairly quiet player once in the game, Utter-Leyton can always be located thanks to his signature headphones and cool demeanor. He can go from stoic to effusive in an instant. Despite being relatively taciturn, when Utter-Leyton speaks, people listen. This is why his articles are some of the most well-received of all of those posted on

Rohnert Park, CA

Software Engineer

What is your favorite Magic card?
Sensei's Divining Top

What is your favorite Magic deck?
Time Spiral Block Mystical Teachings

Who is your favorite Magic player to watch?
Luis-Scott Vargas

What's your favorite format and why?
Legacy. I love playing with cards like Brainstorm and Sensei's Divining Top , and really like the huge variety of interactions and combinations of cards you get to play with and against in the format.

What is your favorite draft format?
Rise of the Eldrazi.

On average, how many hours of Magic do you play each week?
15 hours.

Who taught you how to play Magic?
I taught myself from a Revised rulebook.

What was the first Magic deck you built?
I don't remember the first, but I know that the first deck I built that I thought was good was almost all Prodigal Sorcerer s and its ilk.

At which local game store have you've played the most Magic?
Channel Fireball Game Center.

What's your biggest edge going into the World Championship?
Deck selection.

Who or what is your nemesis?
Lava Spike

Where is your favorite place Magic has taken you?

What does Magic mean to you?
I love playing games and Magic is the best game I have ever played. More than just entertainment, though, Magic has entrenched itself as an enormous part of my life. Preparing for, traveling to, and playing in tournaments is how I spend the majority of my time. It's also a huge part of my social life, as almost all of my closest friends I know through Magic.

We're going out for food. What do you want to eat?

What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing Magic?
Running or playing League of Legends.

And finally... rock, paper, or scissors?
Scissors, leveling everyone looking to beat up on good old rock.

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