|Date of Tournament||Wednesday 5th Aug 2015|
|Also known as||European Juggling Convention 2015|
|Points Counted||Monday 10th Aug 2015|
|Points Drop Date||Monday 8th Aug 2016|
|Players in knockout||16|
|Rankings Points Weight||1000|
The biggest tournament of the year in terms of rankings points has concluded, and so there are some big changes in the rankings tables, along with some exciting news for the end of year 2015 European Masters tournament.
The FNC Rankings reflect player form over the last 52 weeks of tournaments, and as of the new rankings of August 10th 2015, the most significant change is right at the top. Since January 2013 (the modern era of tracking Fight Night results), Jochen Pfeiffer spent 131 weeks at number one. That's every week except four brief weeks in May 2013, and then holding the top spot in an unbroken streak until this month.
Going in to the EJC, Luke Burrage only had to progress further in the tournament than Jochen to take the number one spot, something that would have been out of his hands until the final. Florian Marienld's defeat of Jochen and Luke's defeat of Till Rautert in their round of eight matches means Luke arrived at the top spot, bumping Jochen down to second place. Luke's rankings points were greatly boosted by his victory at the NJF 2015 Fight Night, where he denied Jochen the 750 points for the tournament win by defeating him in the final.
Eóin Allan won 1000 points for his first place at the EJC 2015, which moves him up to third in the FNC rankings. Dave Leahy's 410 third place points moved him up to fourth in the rankings. Most impressively, Florian Marienfeld's 360 points for his fourth place finish boosts him up an incredible 80 places in the FNC rankings, to 16th place overall.
Even though they didn't reach the knockout stage of the EJC 2015 tournament, strong qualification results helped some players reach their best rankings yet. Sander VanPraet moves up two places to number eight, and Jochen Hänsel finds himself in tenth place.
The rankings losers in the top 10 were jugglers who took part at the EJC in 2014, but lost all their points by not entering this year. Iver Tronstad and Jon Peat both drop two places, and Brook Roberts four places, taking him down to 12th.
The 2015 Race Rankings reflect player form in the current calendar year, showing the top contenders for the end of year rankings. They also show who is in the race to be invited to the FNC European Masters in Berlin in December (details to be confirmed).
As of August 10th, there's no change at the top, with Luke Burrage remaining in first place and Jochen Pfeiffer in second. With his 1000 points from the EJC, Eóin Allan moves up seven spots to third place. But this is a VERY close third place, just 5 points behind Jochen.
According to the rankings formula, which counts a player's top six results from four different levels of tournament, even if Jochen Pfeiffer wins every tournament from now until the FNC European Masters in December, he can't overtake Luke in the rankings. He can only make up an extra 675 points, and Luke is 895 points ahead.
On the other hand, with their stronger EJC 2015 results, both Eóin Allan and Dave Leahy could overtake Luke in the race. Eóin can still make up 1500 points, and is only 900 points behind Luke. Winning Hamburg, worth 750 points, and one 250 level event would put him in the top spot. Dave can still make up 1735 points, but is 1175 points behind Luke, so would require a win at both Hamburg and Karlsruhe to get past Luke in the race rankings. Luke, however, is planning to enter the Hamburg 2015 Fight Night to make this very hard for them, though will need to place third or better to gain any points.
The upside of all this is that the 2015 European Masters becomes very exciting. For the purposes of the 2015 Race Rankings, the European Masters counts as a bonus 7th tournament for all the players who take part!
That means that if the top of the rankings race is close at the end of November, the year end number one could very easily be decided in Berlin. Jochen or Eóin could very easily be within 150 points of Luke in the Race Rankings, and that's how many points are on offer for the final match of the tournament.
As for the other players who could be invited to the European Masters, the criteria is simply that they live in Europe and have entered at least three tournaments this year. Accordingly, if the invites went out today the lineup would be:
If any of the players decline the invitation for any reason, lower ranked players will be invited instead. And even then, the lower ranked jugglers' places aren't assured, as Iver Tronstad, Emil Dahl, Tony Pezzo, Johnny Malcolm and Florian Marienfeld could all find their way onto the list if they enter one more FNC tournament before the end of November.
Anything could happen, of course, because there are 15 more tournaments scheduled before the end of the year, and more could be added to the calendar at any time. It's going to be an exciting end to 2015!
This year the EJC hosted the biggest Fight Night Combat tournament in history. 70 jugglers entered qualifications, and 16 took part in the knockout. Eight of the top 25 jugglers in the current FNC rankings took part, making it the fourth most difficult tournament to win.
The top four seeds were Jochen Pfeiffer, Luke Burrage, Eóin Allan and Dave Leahy, and they each qualified top of their groups. To keep the stage finals shorter and more entertaining for the audience, they each played their round of 16 matches directly after the the qualifications. There were no upsets, and each knocked out one of the four lowest seeded jugglers who qualified: Emil Lamprecht, Jan Poolen, Jan Maly and Michael Masson respectively.
The action continued on stage late at night. If you haven't yet looked at the results, and don't want spoilers, watch these videos in order. The first three feature the most entertaining individual fights, and the last two videos wrap up all the rest of action and highlights.
And so, spoilers alert, it seems that spring and summer of 2015 is when the two incredible winning streaks of Jochen Pfeiffer came to an end. At the EJC, in his round of eight match against Florian Marienfeld, Jochen had eight match points. Flo upped his intensity to stage an unbelievable comeback to defeat Jochen, becoming the first player ever to defeat Jochen more than once (doing so previously at the Berlin 2010 Fight Night).
Flo went on to lose to Eóin Allan in a very close and entertaining semi-final match. Luke Burrage's and Dave Leahy semi-final was far more one-sided, with Luke taking it 5-0. Continuing the run of one-sided matches, Dave beat Flo in the third place match 5-1, and Eóin proved untouchable in the final match, trouncing Luke 5-0.
Eóin, after finishing in second place, fourth place (three times), and third place in his first five Fight Nights, peaked at the right time to make the EJC his first ever overall victory, becoming just the third ever EJC winner after Jay Gilligan and Jochen Pfeiffer. On the other hand, Luke has now placed second at six of the 11 EJC Fight Nights so far, losing out twice to Jay, three times to Jochen, and now once to Eóin.
All the results and details can be found on the Fight Night Combat website: http://fightnightcombat.com/tournament-EJC-2015-Bruneck.html
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