Top 25 Rankings: February 27, 2014

Posted in Making Magic on February 27, 2014

By Wizards of the Coast

At Pro Tour Born of the Gods , every single player in our Magic Top 25 Pro Rankings was in action, and the ramifications were, as expected, huge. There were four climbers, twelve fallers, seven new entries, seven who fell through the Top 25 trapdoor, and a new No. 1. That man? Jérémy Dezani of France. The Pro Tour Theros champion followed up with a four-round win streak at the end of Day Two to propel him to an 18th-place finish, good enough for 10 Pro Points and a lead over previous No. 1, Ben Stark, who drops to No. 2. Up to No.3, all the way from the 12th spot on the list, is season standout Owen Turtenwald. He may not have won the Pro Tour, but his never-say-die attitude saw him climb the table past multiple Pro Tour champions, World Champions, and Players of the Year.

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.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Jeremy Dezani 65.26 +4 5
2 Ben Stark 60.92 -1 1
3 Owen Turtenwald 60.46 +9 12
4 Reid Duke 59.83 -1 3
5 Tom Martell 56.98 +2 7
6 Shahar Shenhar 56.17 -2 4
7 Samuel Black 56.00 -1 6
8 Josh Utter-Leyton 54.41 -6 2
9 Shuhei Nakamura 51.52 -1 8
10 Willy Edel 49.83 10
11 Alexander Hayne 48.32 +3 14
11 Jacob Wilson 48.32 NR
13 Yuuya Watanabe 48.29 -4 9
14 Stanislav Cifka 48.17 -3 11
15 Makihito Mihara 47.46 -2 13
16 Shi Tian Lee 45.09 NR
17 Paul Rietzl 43.66 17
18 Martin Juza 41.83 -3 15
19 Josh Mcclain 41.77 NR
20 Chris Fennell 41.29 NR
21 Shaun Mclaren 41.03 NR
22 Eric Froehlich 40.29 -6 16
23 Gaudenis Vidugiris 39.29 NR
24 Matej Zatlkaj 38.86 NR
25 Shota Yasooka 38.66 -6 19

Dropped from rankings: David Ochoa, Jon Stern, Raphael Levy, Brian Kibler, Craig Wescoe, Ari Lax, Christian Calcano

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