September 17, 2015

Posted in Top 25 on September 17, 2015

By Wizards of the Coast

Welcome to our weekly look at the Magic Top 25 Pro Rankings. There were Grand Prix in both Europe and North America last weekend, so let's see what impact they had on the standings. First, the simple: Only three members of our Top 25 came to Grand Prix Madrid, and of those three neither Joel Larsson nor Ondřej Stráský could make it out of Sealed Deck play on Day One. No points for them, and both slide down one slot on the table as a result. Antonio Del Moral León, however, had an excellent weekend, reaching the Top 8 and climbing three places to No. 16.

Grand Prix Oklahoma City, meanwhile, did plenty to shake up the rankings. Let's begin with two players who ended up exactly where they started. Eric Froehlich maintains his No. 1 ranking, thanks to a 43rd-place finish in Oklahoma City that netted him one point. That was enough to keep Seth Manfield at bay, who made it as far as Day Two but couldn't convert that into Pro Points on Sunday. The two major successes came from Brad Nelson and Steve Rubin. Both recent World Championship competitors, they fell just short of the Top 8 in Oklahoma City. Nonetheless, Nelson rose three spots to No. 8, and Rubin—the biggest mover of the week—is up four to No. 13.

In terms of results, it was Paul Rietzl who had the best performance at Oklahoma City. He added another Grand Prix Top 8 to his Hall of Fame career, which widened the gap between himself and Sam Black but left Rietzl still sitting at No. 4.

The rankings are due to go quiet for a few weeks now, since we're approaching the Prerelease for Battle for Zendikar. But the preparations will begin in earnest after that, as we build towards the Pro Tour in Milwaukee. Join us again next week for all the latest from the Magic Top 25 Pro Rankings.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Eric Froehlich 76.94 1
2 Seth Manfield 75.88 2
3 Mike Sigrist 73.77 3
4 Paul Rietzl 71.96 4
5 Samuel Black 66.62 5
6 Owen Turtenwald 66.30 6
7 Jacob Wilson 65.39 7
8 Brad Nelson 64.79 +3 11
9 Lee Shi Tian 64.62 -1 8
10 Ondřej Stráský 63.22 -1 9
11 Yuuya Watanabe 61.96 -1 10
12 Shaun McLaren 61.05 12
13 Steve Rubin 60.30 +4 17
14 Ari Lax 59.88 -1 13
15 Joel Larsson 59.13 -1 14
16 Antonio Del Moral León 58.39 +3 19
16 Shahar Shenhar 58.39 -1 15
18 Alexander Hayne 57.56 -2 16
19 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 54.64 -1 18
20 Kentaro Yamamoto 53.56 20
21 Thiago Saporito 52.82 21
22 Josh Utter-Leyton 51.47 22
23 Ben Stark 50.82 23
24 Matthew Sperling 50.56 24
25 Andrew Cuneo 49.39 25

Dropped from rankings: NONE

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