The final Xanadu wrapped up this past Sunday with a record turn out. The historic Baltimore competitive gaming site has hosted many tournaments over the years, but Smash was always the main event. There was a somber atmosphere throughout the Smash community this weekend with the imminent closing of the iconic venue. But just days after its closing; Xanadu is back.
A new home
The Baltimore location may have closed its doors, but Xanadu is still alive and well. This Tuesday, venue host VGBootcamp announced that the weekly tournament would be returning in March at a new location in Laurel, Maryland, touting a venue three times larger than the original.
This is huge for the smash community for a few reasons. The most obvious reason is that the Competitive scene in Maryland will still be able to thrive. The other reason is much bigger however. This venue moving to Laurel MD means that many new players will be able to attend tournaments.
Baltimore will always have a special place in the hearts of players, but this move to a much more accessible part of Maryland means that more players will now have access to the venue. This gives many new players the chance to come out and show their potential. The new venue will certainly attract newcomers which is always good for the community. New competition is coming to the Smash scene in Maryland which will certainly make this season more interesting.
A sigh of relief
Above all the community is relieved that a their beloved tournament venue won’t be gone for long. Xanadu has been home to many iconic moments in Smash 4 and fighting games in general.
When VGBootcamp announced that Xanadu would be closing, people came out in mass to support the final event. They launched a social media event with the hashtag #ThankYouXanadu, calling for people to remember all the good times at the venue. With this announcement coming just two days after the closing, fans have more good times to look forward to very soon.
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