December 17, 2015

Posted in Top 25 on December 17, 2015

By Wizards of the Coast

This has been a week of two halves at the home of the Magic Top 25 Pro Rankings. For a dozen of the players on the list, the past weekend was a chance to look toward the holiday season and reflect on 2015—and what Magic may have in store for them in 2016. For the lucky thirteen, this was another weekend of high-level competition, with the World Magic Cup putting an epic punctuation mark on the end of the calendar year. As a result, we've seen one of the most fluid shifts in the table of the season so far, with eight going up, twelve going down, and four staying still, leaving just enough room to squeeze in one new entry.

Three of the four non-movers head the table. The year will end with Owen Turtenwald on top of the pile, with a miniscule lead over World Champion Seth Manfield and a hefty gap between himself and Paul Rietzl at No. 3—a gap that seems unlikely to be bridged any time before the next Pro Tour in February.

As Brazil's national Captain, Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa led them comfortably into pool play on Day Two, but couldn't advance them to the elimination rounds. Indeed, it's no surprise that our biggest mover was part of a team that saw Sunday play in Barcelona. Martin Müller capped off a brilliant year for Denmark, and for himself personally. Although the Danes were upset by eventual finalists Thailand in the quarterfinals, Müller still leaps a mighty ten places up from No. 17 to finish the year at No. 7. Two-time World Champion Shahar Shenhar and England's Fabrizio Anteri were the next to benefit from their Barcelona escapades, both climbing six spots. That puts Shenhar at No. 13 while Anteri closes out 2015 at a well-deserved No. 18. Other gains were made by Alexander Hayne, Yuuya Watanabe, and Ondřej Stráský (each up one place).

But, in a week when it was seemingly all about Denmark yet again, it's no surprise to see our new entry in the chart be Team Captain Martin Dang. The 2015 Pro Tour winner continued his remarkable run of form, and Team EUreka seems certain to be at the forefront of many of the major events next year.

From everyone at the home of the Magic Top 25 Pro Rankings, Happy Holidays, and we'll see you all next year.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Owen Turtenwald 75.83 1
2 Seth Manfield 74.63 2
3 Paul Rietzl 64.07 3
4 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 63.59 +2 6
5 Eric Froehlich 62.80 -1 4
6 Samuel Black 61.31 -1 5
7 Martin Müller 58.06 +10 17
8 Mike Sigrist 57.92 -1 7
9 Alexander Hayne 57.15 +1 10
10 Ondřej Stráský 55.39 +1 11
11 Jacob Wilson 55.27 -3 8
12 Yuuya Watanabe 55.08 +1 13
13 Antonio Del Moral León 54.27 -1 12
13 Shahar Shenhar 54.27 +6 19
15 Reid Duke 53.34 -1 14
16 Brad Nelson 53.19 -7 9
17 Lee Shi Tian 52.32 -2 15
18 Fabrizio Anteri 52.06 +6 24
19 Steve Rubin 51.83 +3 22
20 Shaun McLaren 50.5 -2 18
21 Thiago Saporito 50.47 -5 16
22 Joel Larsson 49.95 -1 21
23 Kazuyuki Takimura 49.14 23
24 Craig Wescoe 48.79 -4 20
25 Martin Dang 46.67

Dropped from rankings: Ari Lax

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