Another player who simply refused to go quietly into the night was Tom Martell. The Pro Tour Gatecrash champion was in terrible trouble at 2–3, but piled on the wins down the stretch for a hugely creditable 21st-place finish in Valencia. Alexander Hayne also profited, moving to within a point of the Top 10. For the rest of last week's Top 25, however, it was either "down" or "out," as David Ochoa, Jon Stern, Raphaël Lévy, Brian Kibler, Craig Wescoe, Ari Lax, and Christian Calcano all got the axe, at least for now.
That left room for seven new entries, and four of those featured in the Top 8 in Valencia. Finalist Jacob Wilson is the highest new entry at No. 11, while Champion Shaun McLaren enters the Top 25 for the first time at No. 21. Quarterfinalists Chris Fennell and Lee Shi Tian also join the rankings list, while just out of the spotlight, Josh McClain, Gaudenis Vidugiris, and Matej Zatlkaj were all putting together runs that propelled them into the Top 25.
The Magic keeps right on coming, with Melbourne playing host to video coverage for the first time in Australia, while many of the stellar Born of the Gods cast remains in Spain for a much-heralded Team Grand Prix in Barcelona. Join us again next week, as we follow the ongoing story of the Magic Top 25 Pro Rankings.
|16||Shi Tian Lee||45.09||—||NR|
Dropped from rankings: David Ochoa, Jon Stern, Raphael Levy, Brian Kibler, Craig Wescoe, Ari Lax, Christian Calcano