Ether (ETH) is the second largest crypto by market capitalization and the absolute leader in decentralized applications by deposits. Becoming a victim of its own success, the network experienced a fee hike in November 2021 when the average transaction costs surpassed $50.
That’s precisely why the Merge is a critical step to implementing a fully functional scaling solution. The confirmation of a transition to a proof-ofstake (PoS) consensus was the main driver for the rally toward $2,000 on Aug. 15.
Investors were partially excited about the reduced issuing schedule and likely a transition to a deflationary scenario, but there’s also the expectation of upcoming forks. As a result, hard-forked coins may be awarded to Ether holders on different blockchains, even though there’s no guarantee those will find traction or sufficient liquidity.
From one side, there’s the temptation of free money and even bonus non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as the forked chain will initiate with the same state of the original Ethereum network, meaning each address will hold the exact same contents in terms of tokens and transaction history.
On the other hand, there’s also a sense of disappointment after Ether’s agonizing 29% correction that took place after the $2,000 resistance proved to be more challenging than expected. It’s possible that as investors realized that the practical utility of the forks would be much lower than anticipated, the exuberant expectation of free money dissipated, and reality kicked in.
ETHPoW, for now, is a possible new chain backed by proof-of-work (PoW) miners. Some exchanges have initiated futures trading for the fork chain native asset, ETHW. Markets seem to have given their opinion, as the contract is now trading below $55 at Poloniex and Gate.io.
There’s no backing and oracle support for forked stablecoins
The two leading stablecoins, namely USD Coin (USDC) and Tether (USDT), have officially confirmed intentions to exclusively support the Ethereum Foundation-backed Merge chain. Cointelegraph previously reported that given that the two stablecoins dominate, the issuers’ support “should result in a smooth…