July 30, 2015

Posted in Top 25 on July 30, 2015

By Wizards of the Coast

So, this is it. Our last look at the Magic Top 25 Pro Rankings before the season ends this weekend in Vancouver. And, like orbits aligning, the Top 25 and the Player of the Year table will be as one. Those of you who pay regular attention to the hottest players around know, however, that what the table looks like this week and what it's going to look like next week are potentially—even probably—very different. For example, every single player in our Top 25 could end up as Player of the Year, and there are a dozen more waiting in the (necessarily capacious) wings, in case the principles fluff their closing night lines.

Still, the setup for the big showdown in Vancouver has Eric Froehlich in the No. 1 spot on the table, as he has been through much of the season. Sam Black holds No. 2 by the tiniest of margins from Hong Kong's Lee Shi Tian, while Yuuya Watanabe and Owen Turtenwald—both former Player of the Year winners—round out the Top 5. North America occupies the rest of the Top 10. Paul Rietzl and Ari Lax are both Pro Tour Champions, while Shaun McLaren and Jacob Wilson will go at it in Vancouver to determine the captaincy of the Canadian World Magic Cup team—one of more than 30 national races that have yet to be decided.

This past weekend, many of the top Pros decided to take a couple of days off from testing. Quite simply, the lure of possible "last minute" Pro Points at Grand Prix Dallas/Fort Worth was too much to pass up. The biggest beneficiary of this plan was one of the European travelers en route to the Pro Tour. Ondrej Strasky has made huge waves on the Pro scene, with two Pro Tour Top 8 finishes in a fledgling career that threatens to go stratospheric this weekend. He's our big mover this week, up five to No. 15. Also nudging upwards is former Player of the Year Josh Utter-Leyton, who goes into Vancouver at No. 11. Spain's Antonio Del Moral Leon enters the table at No. 22, and Jason Chung becomes the first New Zealander to enter the ranks of the Top 25. He enters at No. 24.

But, as we said, a lot is going to happen in the next few days. Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, World Championship slots, World Magic Cup captains, Silver, Gold, and Platinum Pros . . . and, of course, the Magic Top 25 Pro Rankings. We'll tell you how it all shook out when we meet again in seven action-packed days. Until then, enjoy the show.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Eric Froehlich 65.71 1
2 Samuel Black 63.44 2
3 Lee Shi Tian 63.32 3
4 Yuuya Watanabe 62.56 4
5 Owen Turtenwald 61.24 5
6 Paul Rietzl 59.44 6
7 Ari Lax 58.50 7
8 Seth Manfield 57.86 8
9 Shaun McLaren 57.68 9
10 Jacob Wilson 57.20 10
11 Josh Utter-Leyton 56.68 +1 12
12 Brad Nelson 55.98 11
13 Ivan Floch 54.53 13
14 Shahar Shenhar 53.71 14
15 Ondrej Strasky 53.49 +5 20
16 Reid Duke 53.11 -1 15
17 William Jensen 52.14 -1 16
18 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 52.13 -1 17
19 Steve Rubin 50.70 -1 18
20 Mike Sigrist 50.52 -1 19
21 Andrew Cuneo 49.10 21
22 Antonio Del Moral Leon 48.97 NR
23 Shota Yasooka 48.74 -1 22
24 Jason Chung 48.61 NR
25 Jelger Wiegersma 48.22 -2 23

Dropped from rankings: Craig Wescoe, Alexander Hayne

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