From RB Leipzig's unexpected title tilt to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's pace-setting pursuit of the Torjägerkanone, the first half of the 2016/17 Bundesliga campaign has produced thrills and spills by the bucketload.
Not a single round of fixtures went by without something worthy of the highlight reel, which made our mid-season task of selecting the standout encounter from Matchdays 1 through 16 all the more difficult - but we got there in the end!
In his first start of the Bundesliga season, Marco Reus returned with a bang in Borussia Dortmund's 4-1 win against Borussia Mönchengladbach on Matchday 13. In a career first, the 27-year-old set up three goals in a single league game, one of which an exquisite backheel to team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. BVB were a blur of style and creativity, with Reus at the very heart of the action.
Watch: Dortmund return to winning ways in the Battle of the Borussias: