|Date of Tournament||Saturday 2nd Dec 2017|
|Points Counted||Monday 4th Dec 2017|
|Points Drop Date||Monday 3rd Dec 2018|
|Players in knockout||8|
|Rankings Points Weight||750 End Of Year Final|
|Tournament host||European Masters|
The field is set for the the European Masters 2017, the end-of-year finals which brings together the top 10 players in the last 12 months for the ultimate showdown. This will decide the year end rankings, with up to 750 points on offer to an undefeated winner. Also on offer: bragging rights for beating the best of the best!
The unique tournament format splits the field into two groups, with each player taking on the others in their group in one-on-one, first-to-two-sets matches. Here are the groups:
Jochen Pfeiffer. Race Rank: 1. Four titles in 2017: EJC (1250), Berlin (750), Hannover (300), Katapult (175). Head to head record versus other jugglers who qualified for the European Masters: 6 wins and 0 losses.
Leo Ostenrath. Race Rank: 3. Two titles in 2017: HJW (300), Oldenburg (250). Head-to-head against the field: 4 wins and 3 losses.
Markus Utke. Race Rank: 6. Two titles in 2017: Israel (425), Laer (200). Head-to-head against the field: 2 wins and 4 losses.
Brook Roberts. Race Rank: 7. Two titles in 2017: Leeds (250), Leicester (250). Head-to-head against the field: 1 win and 2 losses.
Ian Deady. Race Rank: 9. Three titles in 2017: Brianza (425), Hungary (250), Buskerbus (175). Head-to-head against the field: 1 win and 1 loss.
Matty Schneider. Race Rank: 2. Three titles in 2017: BJC (750), J-Fest (500), Freiburg (250). Head-to-head against the field: 1 win and 6 losses.
Julius Preu. Race Rank: 4. Four titles in 2017: Karlsruhe (500), New Zealand (350), Newcastle (250), JuggleLab (175). Head-to-head against the field: 4 wins and 2 losses.
Luke Burrage. Race Rank: 5. Four titles in 2017: NJF (750), Tropical Islands (250), Rastelli Festival (200), Durham (200). Head-to-head against the field: 1 win and 4 losses.
Cameron Ford. Race Rank: 8. One title in 2017: Bath (200). Head-to-head against the field: 2 wins and 2 losses.
Alexander Müller. Race Rank: 10. One title in 2017: Halle (250). Head-to-head against the field: 6 wins and 3 losses.
The tournament is happening on Saturday 2nd December. The live stream will be starting on Facebook at about 4pm Berlin time. Tune in for all the action!
See more information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/236189043556992/
The EJC 2017 Fight Night in Lublin was the second biggest tournament of all time, with 89 jugglers taking part (down from 98 in Almere last year). Lots of rankings points could be won, even for those outside of the top 32 who qualified for the knockout, so a lot has changed in the 2017 Race Rankings. The Race Rankings only counts tournaments so far this year.
Jochen Pfeiffer won the entire tournament, extending his current winning streak to 33 matches, now the longest winning streak in the official Fight Night records. He earned 1250 points, just enough to propel him to the top of the 2017 Race Rankings with 1725 points in total.
By winning the third Major Tournament of the year, he's also guaranteed an invite to the European Masters 2017 End-of-Year Finals in Berlin in December.
Matty Schneider and Luke Burrage, the other two Major Tournament winners this year (BJC and NJF), are still in second and third place in the 2017 Race Rankings. Either could have stayed ahead of Jochen, and either could be at the top of the rankings, but Luke lost his opening match at the EJC to Sebastian Martini, in the biggest upset of the tournament. Matty went out in the round of 16, losing to Julius Preu.
Both Cameron Ford and Brook Roberts failed to make it out of the qualifications, but they both earned enough points to stay in the top 10 of the Race Rankings at 6th and 7th. Andreas Braun, with his run to the final match at the EJC, defeating Wes Peden and Leo Ostenrath on the way, is up to joint 9th place alongside Julius Preu, both with exactly 1000 rankings points.
Rounding out the top 10 in the race rankings is a juggler who wasn't at the EJC this year. Ian Deady has 675 points so far in 2017, but both he and Andreas will have to enter one more tournament to be eligible for an invite to the European Masters in December.
Other jugglers with strong results at the EJC compared to their rankings are Rob Woolley, who reached the round of 16 and climbs to 16th in the 52 Week Current Rankings, and Isabell Stroben, who qualified at the EJC and enters the top 25 for the first time.
The Race to Berlin is on for the third year! Throughout 2017, every player is collecting rankings points, and the top 10 European players (on Monday 6th November 2017) will be invited to take part in the end-of-year final tournament. The European Masters will take place in Berlin on the 2nd of December 2017
Instead of a straight knockout, this tournament is assured of many high-level matchups due to the unique round-robin first round. The whole tournament will be streamed live online, and there will be full matches and highlights videos published after the event.
Check out the European Masters 2017 qualification overview to see the state of the race at any time: http://fightnightcombat.com/european-masters-qualification-overview.html
More information can be found here: http://fightnightcombat.com/european-masters-2017.html
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