Josh Utter-Leyton

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Josh Utter-Leyton
Nickname Wrapter
Born December 5, 1985
Residence San Jose, California, United States
Nationality United States.png American
Pro Tour debut Pro Tour Hollywood 2008
Winnings $253,125 (as of 2017-06-27)
Pro Tour top 8s 5 (0 wins)
Grand Prix top 8s 10 (1 win)
Median Pro Tour Finish 115
Pro Tours Played 36
Lifetime Pro Points 372 (as of 2017-07-31)

Josh Utter-Leyton is an American professional player. Perhaps most well known for his work with Team ChannelFireball, he was the American national champion in 2010 and 2013, the Player of the Year for the 2012–13 season, and won the 2016 Magic Online Championship. He has reached the top 8 of five Pro Tours, losing to the eventual champion each time. In 2017, he was voted into the Pro Tour Hall of Fame.[1].

Professional play[edit | edit source]

Utter-Leyton started playing Magic in 1994, but remained a casual player until 2005, when he started playing Magic Online.[2] He made his Pro Tour debut at Pro Tour Hollywood 2008, and although his Pro Tour finishes in 2008 and 2009 were unimpressive, he managed to remain qualified for all the events, and he was one of the original members of Team ChannelFireball. His breakout performance was his 5th place finish at Pro Tour San Juan 2010, where he lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa.[3] Three months later, Utter-Leyton won the United States National Championship,[4] and in November he reached the top 8 of a Grand Prix for the first time. Though the US National Team would end up at a disappointing 15th place at the World Championships in Chiba, Utter-Leyton finished 16th individually,[5] and with that earning Level 7 status in the Pro Players Club.

In the 2011 Pro Tour season, Utter-Leyton made two additional Pro Tour top 8s. At Pro Tour Philadelphia, he lost in the final to Samuele Estratti;[6] his 2nd place finish there being his best Pro Tour finish to date. It was followed up by a 7th place finish at the very next Pro Tour, the 2011 World Championships.[7] He ended the year tied for 7th on 52 points, and Level 8 in the Pro Players Club.[8]

Utter-Leyton was a part of the inaugural Players Championship in 2012, later renamed the World Championship, where he finished 13th.[9] He made a total of five Grand Prix top 8s in 2012, and when he finished 4th at Pro Tour Dragon's Maze in San Diego, Utter-Leyton became the 2012–13 Player of the Year.[10] This also resulted in him being the US National Champion for 2013, making Utter-Leyton the first American player to be a two-time National champion.

At the 2013 World Magic Cup, Utter-Leyton once again failed to put up a result with Team USA, finishing 18th.[11] At the World Championship, however, Utter-Leyton reached the semifinals, where he was narrowly defeated 2–3 by Reid Duke. Later in the season, he finished 3rd in his fifth Pro Tour top 8 at Pro Tour Journey into Nyx, and qualified for the 2014 World Championship. Utter-Leyton was one of three players to have qualified for all three World Championships since the 2012 format change, the other two being Reid Duke and Yuuya Watanabe. He finished 11th in the event. However, despite earning 53 Pro Points and Platinum status after the 2014–15 season, Utter-Leyton did not qualify for the 2015 World Championship. In 2015–16, Utter-Leyton failed to finish in the money of any Pro Tour events or top eight any Grand Prix, and ended the season with Silver level in the Pro Players Club.

With the debut of the Magic Pro Tour Team Series, Utter-Leyton was recruited onto one half of the ChannelFireball group Team ChannelFireball Fire; however, with only Silver he stood to become a liability, being a teammate unable to play in PT Amonkhet. His invites to PT Kaladesh and Aether Revolt did not yield any invites, but with GP Vancouver - the second-last chance to qualify - Utter-Leyton not only made top eight to qualify, but also secure himself his first GP win out of ten top eights. Two weeks later, he followed the GP win up with a victory at the 2016 Magic Online Championship, earning $25,000, Platinum status, and an invite to the 2017 World Championship. A few months later, he was elected into the Pro Tour Hall of Fame as the top vote-getter.

Accomplishments[edit | edit source]

Season Event type Location Format Date Rank
2010 Pro Tour San Juan Block Constructed and Booster Draft 28–30 May 2010 5
2010 Nationals Minneapolis Standard and Booster Draft 19–22 August 2010 1
2010 Grand Prix Nashville Limited 20–21 November 2010 5
2011 Grand Prix Dallas Standard 9–10 April 2011 6
2011 Pro Tour Philadelphia Modern and Booster Draft 2–4 September 2011 2
2011 Worlds San Francisco Special 17–20 November 2011 7
2012 Grand Prix Nashville Limited 17–18 March 2012 4
2012–13 Grand Prix Minneapolis Standard 19–20 May 2012 6
2012–13 Grand Prix San Jose, Costa Rica Limited 15–16 September 2012 5
2012–13 Grand Prix Chicago Modern 10–11 November 2012 2
2012–13 Grand Prix Atlantic City Standard 12–13 January 2013 2
2012–13 Pro Tour San Diego Block Constructed and Booster Draft 17–19 May 2013 4
2013–14 Worlds Amsterdam Special 31 July–4 August 2013 4
2013–14 Pro Tour Atlanta Block Constructed and Booster Draft 16–18 May 2014 3
2014–15 Grand Prix Baltimore Limited 13–14 December 2014 8
2016–17 Grand Prix Vancouver Modern 18–19 February 2017 1
2016–17 Magic Online Championship Seattle Standard and Booster Draft 3–5 March 2017 1
2017–18 Worlds Boston Standard and Booster Draft 6–8 October 2017 3

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Pro Tour Results[edit | edit source]

List of the Pro Tour results and winnings of Josh Utter-Leyton
Season Pro Tour Format Finish Winnings
2008 Hollywood Standard 171
2008 Berlin Extended 314
2008 Worlds (Memphis) Special 103
2009 Kyoto Standard and Booster Draft 117
2009 Honolulu Block Constructed and Booster Draft 194
2009 Austin Extended and Booster Draft 39 $1,000
2009 Worlds (Rome) Special 377
2010 San Diego Standard and Booster Draft 224
2010 San Juan Block Constructed and Booster Draft 5 $11,000
2010 Worlds (Chiba) Special 16 $3,750
2011 Paris Standard and Booster Draft 331
2011 Nagoya Block Constructed and Booster Draft 26 $1,800
2011 Philadelphia Modern and Booster Draft 2 $20,000
2011 Worlds (San Francisco) Special 7 $10,000
2012 Dark Ascension in Honolulu Standard and Booster Draft 90
2012 Avacyn Restored in Barcelona Block Constructed and Booster Draft 81
2012–13 Return to Ravnica in Seattle Modern and Booster Draft 21 $2,000
2012–13 Gatecrash in Montreal Standard and Booster Draft 73 $1,000
2012–13 Dragon's Maze in San Diego Block Constructed and Booster Draft 4 $12,500
2013–14 Theros in Dublin Standard and Booster Draft 171
2013–14 Born of the Gods in Valencia Modern and Booster Draft 192
2013–14 Journey into Nyx in Atlanta Block Constructed and Booster Draft 3 $12,500
2013–14 Magic 2015 in Portland Standard and Booster Draft 219
2014–15 Khans of Tarkir in Honolulu Standard and Booster Draft 77
2014–15 Fate Reforged in Washington, D.C. Modern and Booster Draft 395
2014–15 Dragons of Tarkir in Brussels Standard and Booster Draft 11 $5,000
2014–15 Magic Origins in Vancouver Standard and Booster Draft 135
2015–16 Battle for Zendikar in Milwaukee Standard and Booster Draft 103
2015–16 Oath of the Gatewatch in Atlanta Modern and Booster Draft 125
2015–16 Shadows over Innistrad in Madrid Standard and Booster Draft 167
2015–16 Eldritch Moon in Sydney Standard and Booster Draft 202
2016–17 Kaladesh in Honolulu Standard and Booster Draft 76
2016–17 Aether Revolt in Dublin Standard and Booster Draft 113
2016–17 Amonkhet in Nashville Standard and Booster Draft 145
2016–17 Hour of Devastation in Kyoto Standard and Booster Draft 128
2017–18 Ixalan in Albuquerque Standard and Booster Draft 173

-->Source: Wizards.com

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Brian David-Marshall (July 28, 2017) "Introducing the 2017 Class of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast
  2. 2014 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITORS: JOSH UTTER-LEYTON. Wizards of the Coast (2014-11-04). Retrieved on 2014-12-15.
  3. Paulo Celebrates Six on the Beach in San Juan. Wizards of the Coast (2010-05-30). Retrieved on 2014-12-15.
  4. Utter-Leyton Crowned U.S. Champ. Wizards of the Coast (2010-08-22). Retrieved on 2014-12-15.
  5. 2010 World Championships: Final Standings. Wizards of the Coast (2010-12-11). Retrieved on 2014-12-15.
  6. Estratti Starts Modern Revolution in Philly. Wizards of the Coast (2011-09-04). Retrieved on 2014-12-15.
  7. Japan Stands Tall at Worlds Again. Wizards of the Coast (2011-11-19). Retrieved on 2014-12-15.
  8. 2011 Pro Tour Player of the Year Standings. Wizards of the Coast (2011-11-23). Retrieved on 2014-12-15.
  9. Magic Players Championship 2012 Round 12 Standings. Wizards of the Coast (2012-08-29). Retrieved on 2014-12-15.
  10. Player of the Year: Josh Utter-Leyton. Wizards of the Coast (2013-05-19). Retrieved on 2014-12-15.
  11. World Magic Cup 2013 Final Standings. Wizards of the Coast (2013-08-04). Retrieved on 2014-12-15.