February, 19 2015

Posted in Top 25 on February 19, 2015

By Wizards of the Coast

Grand Prix Seville was the latest event in the Pro calendar, and although the top half of the Magic Top 25 Pro Rankings remained static, there was movement further down the table. For the third weekend running it's Martin Juza of the Czech Republic who continues his fine run of form. Three weeks ago, it was his 21st Grand Prix Top 8 in Mexico City that brought him back into the rankings at No. 25. A solid finish at Pro Tour Fate Reforged brought him up six spots to No. 19, and now his 22nd Grand Prix Top 8 in Seville bumps him up three more to No. 16. Juza is almost unstoppable at the penultimate level of the game, dominating the GP circuit over much of the last decade. By comparison, his two Pro Tour Top 8s seem shy of his potential, but there are still two more Pro Tours this season, and Juza is in some of the best form of his career.

The only other Top 25 player in action in Seville was Jérémy Dezani, but he wasn't playing for long, mustering a solitary match win before exiting the tournament on Day One. He remains at No.14, but another points opportunity has slipped by with Dezani a long way from retaining his Platinum status for next season.

The remainder of the changes were largely brought about by the rise of Juza—Yuuki Ichikawa, Stanislav Cifka, and Seth Manfield all dropped as Juza charged past—and also the decay of points from last season. That was enough to see the return to the Top 25 of Gaudenis Vidugiris at No. 25, and the removal of Josh Utter-Leyton, who had been on the rankings from week one.

Next up, a double-header weekend, and, unusually, they are both in North America. Vancouver plays host to Modern, while Memphis takes a look at the latest goings on in Standard. There should be plenty of Top 25 players in action, so join us for all the news next week.

Updated February 19, 2015

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Owen Turtenwald 78.41 1
2 Lee Shi Tian 73.27 2
3 Eric Froehlich 68.28 3
4 Ivan Floch 67.64 4
5 Shaun McLaren 65.86 5
6 Shahar Shenhar 63.28 6
7 William Jensen 63.04 7
8 Ari Lax 61.91 8
9 Jacob Wilson 60.87 9
10 Samuel Black 60.27 10
11 Reid Duke 59.02 11
12 Yuuya Watanabe 57.67 12
13 Paul Rietzl 53.07 13
14 Jeremy Dezani 52.18 14
15 Willy Edel 50.30 +1 16
16 Martin Juza 50.28 +3 19
17 Yuuki Ichikawa 50.27 -2 15
18 Stanislav Cifka 50.05 -1 17
19 Seth Manfield 49.10 -1 18
20 Andrew Cuneo 46.30 20
21 Kentaro Yamamoto 45.68 21
22 Ben Stark 44.68 +1 23
23 Patrick Chapin 44.67 -1 22
24 Craig Wescoe 43.30 24
25 Gaudenis Vidugiris 42.50 NR

Dropped from rankings: Josh Utter-Leyton

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