First, a message from the webmaster:
"In late 2013, when I decided to start putting real effort into organizing more combat tournaments at juggling conventions, I only had vague notions of what "success" would look like.
"Previously, there were only two or three Fight Nights per year, dependent mostly on whether Bob Carr or I happened to be at a juggling convention. My general goal was to increase that number. I had a lot of fun taking part in the tournaments so, selfishly, I wanted to take part in more. More importantly, because I knew how fun it was to take part, I wanted more jugglers to have the same opportunity, rather than just the usual handful of Berlin jugglers who knew where and when to be, and who would get an invite into the tournament.
"Three other interests of mine came together in this project too. First, I really enjoy organizing events and doing interesting things for other jugglers (see: British Young Juggler of the Year, Top 40 Jugglers, etc). Second, I'm a sports fan and, along with watching the action, I really enjoy following results and statistics. Third, I wanted to learn more programming and website development.
"So I created the rankings system, initially based on the ATP tennis rankings, and started up the website. More importantly, I set about developing a general tournament format that anyone could copy, and that would result in a (hopefully) interesting and entertaining event to put in their convention schedule. For all of this I got invaluable feedback from many other jugglers, too many to mention or thank here, but throughout the last few years everything has continued to improve.
"To return to my initial question, what I would consider a success, whatever I thought at the time has been totally surpassed. I remember being excited that anyone but Bob or I would organize a tournament, and care enough to sent in the results. Then I thought it would be cool if there were 15 regular tournaments per year after a few years. But that number was surpassed in the first year. So at the start of 2015 I stopped aiming for or expecting anything, and just let other people organize whatever they want.
"Personally, in 2015 I've enjoyed being invited to juggling conventions: "Would you like to run the Fight Night? Oh yeah, also an act for the gala show would be nice." In the past I'd be invited for shows and workshops, but now for me and a few other jugglers I know, Fight Night is becoming a main reason to be invited to a convention as a guest.
"Also I really enjoyed organizing the European Masters here in Berlin. It's the first combat-only event I've organized, not as part of a juggling convention, that had the funds to fly in participants from other countries. Money from viral YouTube videos and licensing deals helped pay for a really fun event!"
The (actually recorded) numbers go a bit like this:
In 2015, the total number of players in the results database passed 500, from 28 different countries.
Let's look at 2015 more closely.
Only one juggler qualified for more than one tournament and won all their knockout matches: Emil Dahl, winning 7 out 7 matches in Lublin and Israel.
Jochen Pfeiffer has the second best winning percentage, at 86%, with 13 wins and 2 losses. A number of other jugglers also have a greater than 80% winning percentage, including Iver Tronstad, Stefan Braun, Eóin Allan, and Luke Burrage.
Finally, Luke leads in terms of tournaments won, with five titles. Andreas Braun and Jochen Pfeiffer each have three titles, and five others each have two titles. There were 27 different tournament winners in 2015, and this year also saw the first female Fight Night champion, with Friederike Kraaz winning the Suderburg tournament.
There are some interesting metrics to show that 2015 was a more balanced year at the top of the rankings than 2014. In 2014, Jochen Pfeiffer dominated at the biggest tournaments, was ranked number 1 for the entire year, and went undefeated too.
In 2015, Jochen won only two 500+ level tournaments (Hamburg and Brianza). Eóin Allan took the EJC title and won the European Masters. Luke Burrage won the at NJF and Iver Tronstad won at the BJC. Jochen was replaced as the number one player in the rankings after losing in the round of eight at the EJC, and slipped down to third after Eóin Allan won the European Masters, the final tournament of the year.
In 2014, no juggler beat a number one ranked player. In 2015, five jugglers beat a number one ranked player. Luke Burrage and Florian Marienfeld both defeated Jochen Pfeiffer, while in the second half of the year, Jochen Pfeiffer, Eóin Allan and Alexander Müller beat Luke. Luke leads in the "wins vs top 10 players" metric, with eight, Eóin is second with seven. Jochen is third with six wins vs top 10 players, though he would have more had he taken part in the European Masters.
There are three different ways to determine the biggest tournament of 2015. By sheer number of players, the EJC wins out easily, with 70 participants. By participation level, which is a weighted measurement taking into account top 25 players in the tournament, the NJF was the hardest tournament to win, with a participation level of 6.09, higher than the 5.93 of the EJC and the European Masters.
However, the European Masters had the highest concentration of top players. If the participation level was divided by the number of jugglers who qualified for the tournament, the EJC would be at 0.37, the NJF slightly ahead at 0.38, and the European Masters would lead at 0.59.
The longest winning streak in 2015 is currently unbroken. Eóin Allan has accumulated 1515 points over 12 matches at the EJC and European Masters. Luke Burrage has the second longest winning streak this year, at eight matches, an extension of a streak that began in 2014 for a total of 14 matches. Emil Dahl has a currently unbroken winning streak of seven matches. Jochen Pfeiffer, Dave Leahy, Brook Roberts and Jakub Szwed all put together six match wins in a row, with Jochen's coming as part of a 28 match winning streak going back to 2013.
That's it for 2015! There will be another post about what's changing for the 2016 season of Fight Night Combat in the new year.
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