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 five 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 Australians 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.
Last week, the rankings didn't change. This week, the rankings don't change. Then watch out—it's going to be carnage.
Updated February 13, 2014
Dropped from rankings: None