April 16, 2015

Posted in Top 25 on April 16, 2015

By Wizards of the Coast

We have a new No. 1 at the home of the Magic Top 25 Pro Rankings, and that new No. 1 is Eric Froehlich. Although he didn't quite make it to the Top 8 of Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir, his excellent finish nudges him ahead of long-time leader Owen Turtenwald, who slips to No. 2. Sam Black was always just behind the curve for Top 8 in Brussels, but he still secured a ton of points, which catapults him from No. 9 last week to No. 3 this week. Also joining Black with a six-spot boost is Seth Manfield, who now joins the Top 10 at No. 7.

Those two still weren't the biggest gainers this week, though. That accolade belongs to Josh Utter-Leyton, whose excellent performance sees him move up nine, from No. 23 to No. 14. Five new entries joined the rankings as a result of their Brussels performances. The highest is a notable Standard mind, Brad Nelson, and it is no surprise to see him entering at No. 16. Craig Wescoe narrowly missed out on the Top 8—his 12-4 record was tied for 8th spot in Brussels—and he enters at No. 18, just ahead of two players who did make it all the way to Sunday, Ondrej Strasky of the Czech Republic (No. 19) and Shota Yasooka of Japan (No. 20). Meanwhile, Hall of Famer Jelger Wiegersma joins the rankings in the precarious No. 25 spot. With limited opportunities to play, he may not be with us for long, but there's always the chance of another strong Pro Tour finish at Vancouver when PT Origins rolls around.

So, six up, twelve down, two no change, and five new entries. That's the whirlwind guide to the Magic Top 25 Pro Rankings. Join us again next week for more!

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Eric Froehlich 70.86 +2 3
2 Owen Turtenwald 69.56 -1 1
3 Samuel Black 69.24 +6 9
4 Lee Shi Tian 68.01 -2 2
5 Ari Lax 62.55 5
6 Ivan Floch 60.32 -2 4
7 Seth Manfield 60.24 +6 13
8 Shaun McLaren 59.71 -2 6
9 Yuuya Watanabe 59.47 +1 10
10 Shahar Shenhar 58.86 -3 7
11 William Jensen 56.48 -3 8
12 Jacob Wilson 55.78 12
13 Paul Rietzl 55.24 +1 14
14 Josh Utter-Leyton 54.71 +9 23
15 Reid Duke 53.33 -4 11
16 Brad Nelson 52.47 NR
17 Andrew Cuneo 51.70 -2 15
18 Craig Wescoe 51.47 NR
19 Ondrej Strasky 49.92 NR
20 Shota Yasooka 49.01 NR
21 Willy Edel 46.93 -4 17
22 Martin Juza 46.09 -3 19
23 Ben Stark 46.32 -7 16
24 Yuuki Ichikawa 44.78 -3 21
25 Jelger Wiegersma 44.31 NR

Dropped from rankings: Jeremy Dezani, Stanislav Cifka, Kentaro Yamamoto, Alexander Hayne, Christian Calcano

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