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Top 25 Rankings: October 10, 2013

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The letter I!t's Week 2 of the Top 25 Magic Pro Rankings, and it's very much the calm before the storm. For many of the Top 25, their plans last weekend were literally up in the air, with many en route to Dublin for Pro Tour Theros. While Grand Prix Brisbane might have been the closest available for the Japanese contingent, Shuhei Nakamura opted instead for Theros Limited practice at Grand Prix Oklahoma City. He was joined there by World Champion Shahar Shenhar, Brazil's Willy Edel, and ChannelFireball mainstays Eric Froehlich and Ben Stark.

Through the Gods, monsters, and heroes of Sealed Deck play, neither Froehlich nor Shenhar could advance to Day Two, leaving the other three to try to make progress up the rankings. Both Edel and Stark nudged their Pro Point total nicely upwards with top 32 finishes, while Nakamura came closest to a big jump when missing out on the Top 8 by just one place.

That allowed Edel to close the gap to Reid Duke in 5th place to exactly 4 points, while Nakamura leapfrogged Tom Martell into 7th place. Martell was already busy preparing for Pro Tour Theros as part of the StarCityGames super team, happily ensconced in their County Meath castle.

Now for the big shakeup—Pro Tour Theros is going to make a huge difference to the rankings, as you would expect. With more than 1,500 Pro Points potentially up for grabs, there could be a very different look to the top of the table next week. Can reigning Player of the Year Josh Utter-Leyton keep the top spot? Enjoy the Pro Tour, and we'll see you next week with all new Top 25 Magic Pro Rankings.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Josh Utter-Leyton 78.46 1
2 Ben Stark 74.90 2
3 Shahar Shenhar 71.62 3
4 Yuuya Watanabe 68.04 4
5 Reid Duke 67.83 5
6 Willy Edel 63.83 6
7 Shuhei Nakamura 62.40 +1 8
8 Tom Martell 60.61 -1 7
9 Eric Froehlich 59.04 9
10 Stanislav Cifka 56.62 10
11 Brian Kibler 51.40 11
12 Martin Juza 50.83 12
13 David Ochoa 46.83 13
14 Craig Wescoe 44.34 14
15 Luis Scott-Vargas 41.91 15
16 Owen Turtenwald 41.69 16
17 Lee Shi Tian 41.55 17
18 Tzu-Ching Kuo 40.76 18
19 Raphael Levy 40.27 19
20 Makihito Mihara 37.69 20
21 Ari Lax 37.27 21
22 Alexander Hayne 36.91 22
23 Samuele Estratti 35.62 23
24 Matthew Costa 35.05 24
25 Ivan Floch 34.48 25
25 Samuel Black 34.48 25

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