February 26, 2015

Posted in Top 25 on February 26, 2015

By Wizards of the Coast

Two Grand Prix spread across the width of North America have wrought their changes to the Magic Top 25 Pro Rankings, so let's take a look. In Memphis, Standard was the format, and nine of our Top 25 made it to the start line. Eight advanced to Day Two, with only No. 7 William Jensen having a rare reversal of form—he's truly one of the giants of the GP scene. Of the eight who advanced, two made it to the elimination rounds in the Top 8. As a result, Chris Fennell is one of two new entries this week, at No. 24, while Ben Stark is now at No. 20 following his run all the way to the final, where Jack Fogle eventually stopped the Hall of Famer's run.

Seth Manfield was the other big winner from Memphis. Although finishing just outside the Top 8 in 13th, he leaps five places, up to No. 14, and continues his impressive run, headlined by a Pro Tour Top 8 in Washington earlier this month. There were no deep Sunday runs for No. 6 Shahar Shenhar, No. 9 Jacob Wilson, No. 10 Sam Black, or No. 21 Andrew Cuneo, while 66th place for Patrick Chapin leaves him the latest player on the trapdoor at No. 25.

Across the continent, Grand Prix Vancouver brought us Modern, and three more Top 25 players looking for points. Surprisingly, Shaun McLaren couldn't make it out of Day One, mustering a single win before calling it a day. He remains at No. 5. Reid Duke also favored Vancouver, but although he made it to Day Two, he couldn't put a run together. He stays at No. 11. The star of the show, however, was—and not for the first time in Canada—Alexander Hayne. His reward for a terrific weekend that ended in 3rd place is a new entry in the rankings at No. 23, just ahead of the other new entry, Chris Fennell.

Next up is a double header in Miami and Liverpool, but for those we'll have to wait another ten days. Join us again next week for all the latest news from the Magic Top 25 Pro Rankings.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Owen Turtenwald 77.11 1
2 Lee Shi Tian 72.37 2
3 Eric Froehlich 67.47 3
4 Ivan Floch 66.55 4
5 Shaun McLaren 64.89 5
6 Shahar Shenhar 62.47 6
7 William Jensen 61.93 7
8 Ari Lax 61.29 8
9 Jacob Wilson 59.99 9
10 Samuel Black 59.37 10
11 Reid Duke 57.73 11
12 Yuuya Watanabe 56.75 12
13 Paul Rietzl 52.13 13
14 Seth Manfield 51.43 +5 19
15 Jeremy Dezani 50.66 -1 14
16 Willy Edel 49.57 -1 15
17 Martin Juza 49.47 -1 16
18 Yuuki Ichikawa 49.37 -1 17
19 Stanislav Cifka 49.03 -1 18
20 Ben Stark 48.85 +2 22
21 Andrew Cuneo 45.57 -1 20
22 Kentaro Yamamoto 44.85 -1 21
22 Alexander Hayne 44.85 NR
24 Chris Fennell 43.85 NR
25 Patrick Chapin 43.75 -2 23

Dropped from rankings: Craig Wescoe, Gaudenis Vidugiris

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