Top 25 Rankings, August 14, 2014

Posted in Top 25 on August 14, 2014

By Wizards of the Coast

With the first weekend of Grand Prix action over, it's time to take our first look of the new season at the Magic Top 25 Pro Rankings. It's a measure of the success of our No. 1, Jérémy Dezani of France, that even winning Grand Prix Portland last weekend leaves Owen Turtenwald, Reid Duke, and William Jensen unchanged at No. 2, No. 3, and No. 4, respectively. Their performance in Team Limited was almost unsurprising in its dominance, including a clash of the titans semifinal victory over Paul Cheon, Luis Scott-Vargas, and No.15 Eric Froehlich—who leaps up eight places as a result of his Top 4 finish in Portland.

The next biggest gainer from the Team Grand Prix was Japanese former Player of the Year Yuuya Watanabe. He rises four places to No. 7, passing Josh Utter-Leyton, Tom Martell, and Shaun McLaren in the process. Sam Black gained two places to No. 11, but you can expect to see a lot of volatility in that part of the table, with Watanabe at No. 7 all the way down to Rookie of the Year Jared Boettcher at No. 19 covered by a bare handful of points.

Over in Europe, at Grand Prix Utrecht, it was a quiet weekend, with many pros choosing to remain in Portland for the week following a tumultuous end-of-season Pro Tour. The champion from Pro Tour Magic 2015, Ivan Floch, chose to take the weekend off, and he watched from the sidelines as former Austrian National Champion Oliver Polak-Rottmann became the first leader in this season's Player of the Year race. There's now a week to go before we discover which big names have been enticed to either Grand Prix Sydney for Magic 2015 Limited, or to Kobe for another hugely popular Modern Grand Prix.

Join us next week for more from the Magic Top 25 Pro Rankings.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Jeremy Dezani 83.87 1
2 Owen Turtenwald 78.17 2
3 Reid Duke 77.20 3
4 William Jensen 67.44 4
5 Ivan Floch 60.47 5
6 Stanislav Cifka 57.57 6
7 Yuuya Watanabe 53.71 +4 11
8 Josh Utter-Leyton 53.66 8
8 Tom Martell 53.66 8
10 Shaun McLaren 53.64 -3 7
11 Samuel Black 52.74 +2 13
12 Paul Rietzl 51.69 -2 10
13 Patrick Chapin 50.71 -2 11
14 Yuuki Ichikawa 49.74 -1 13
15 Eric Froehlich 48.86 +8 23
16 Alexander Hayne 48.84 +2 18
17 Jacob Wilson 48.76 -2 15
17 Lee Shi Tian 48.76 -2 15
19 Jared Boettcher 47.79 -2 17
20 Chris Fennell 46.84 -2 18
21 Ben Friedman 45.91 NR NR
22 Patrick Dickmann 45.86 +1 23
23 Ben Stark 45.84 -5 18
23 Josh McClain 45.84 -5 18
23 Kentaro Yamamoto 45.84 -5 18

Dropped from rankings: Martin Juza, Raphael Levy, Shahar Shenhar

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