Although it was initially marketed as Tristate’s biggest regional, The Function 2 quickly attracted a line-up of top players rivaling that of many majors. Whatever title is most fitting, the event will bring together 192 players for high-level competition at the BrookLAN Video Game Lounge in New York City.
The tournament organizers behind The Nightclub will head up the tournament this weekend. Here’s everything viewers need to know going into the event, including where to catch the action and what players to keep an eye on.
Tristate’s biggest regional returns with The Function 2!
Featuring top talent like @iBDWSSBM @ssbmPolish @LoganSSBM @LilTrickshot @Pipsqueak_TV @SSBM_Faceroll @SSBMagi @ssbm_aklo @SluG_ICs and more!
Saturday May 7, 2022
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— THE FUNCTION 2 POOLS ARE LIVE (@nycmelee) April 4, 2022
Players to watch
No. 1 seed Cody “iBDW” Schwab seems like the favorite to win The Function 2 on paper. However, he will face stiff competition from a pair of his fellow New Yorkers. The most obvious threat he faces is Jake “Jmook” DiRado. Jmook convincingly eliminated iBDW 3-0 in their losers finals set at Genesis 8.
Similarly, Dawud “Aklo” Rahman beat iBDW 3-1 the last time they played at The Nightclub VIP: iBDW. Furthermore, he has not lost a tournament in New York since offline events resumed in the summer of 2021. As a result, Aklo will undoubtedly be aiming to upset both iBDW and Jmook in order to keep his streak alive.
We keep calling The Function 2 a major in our posts
The reason? We bring the talent that DOMINATES the majors.
FRESH off his 2nd place finish at Genesis 8, @jakedirado WILL BE JOINING US AT THE FUNCTION 2
With Jmook, iBDW, and Aklo in attendance
The KING of NY will be crowned pic.twitter.com/bHpz3EIV8P
— THE FUNCTION 2 POOLS ARE LIVE (@nycmelee) April 26, 2022
In addition, a trio of international Fox mains will have the chance to make a splash at this event: Canada’s Kurtis “moky” Pratt, Sweden’s Linus “Pipsqueak” Nordin and Australia’s Josh “Sora” Lyras . Though he placed third at the online Ludwig Ahgren Championship Series 4, moky has yet to duplicate that success at an offline tournament this year.
Meanwhile, Pipsqueak and Sora are both coming off of strong regional performances in the United States. Pipsqueak placed first at Low Tide City 2022, while Sora placed second at Emerald City X. But, after incurring disappointing performances at their first offline majors of the year, all three Foxes will be looking for a strong major showing at The Function 2.
How to watch The Function 2
There will be two Twitch streams where fans can watch The Function 2: btssmash and nycmelee. The one-day event will kick off with round one pools at 1 p.m. ET on Friday. Top 32 will begin at 6 p.m., while top eight will start at 9 p.m.
A roster of 13 casters will provide commentary throughout the event. The line-up is headlined by the likes of Brandon “YungWaff” Collier, Hugo “HugS” Gonzalez and Anthony “Slime” Bruno, along with several local commentators.
THE FUNCTION 2 WEEK IS UPON US
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— THE FUNCTION 2 POOLS ARE LIVE (@nycmelee) May 1, 2022
About the Author
Dylan Tate is an alumnus of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, particularly Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon.