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Believing Ethereum Merge-related rumors? Read this for clarity

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The Ethereum [ETH] community’s excitement is increasing as the much-talked-about Merge is closer.

Scheduled to happen in mid-September 2022, there seem to be many misconceptions and misinformation around the same.

The Ethereum Foundation thus, recently published a blog pointing out several misconceptions and providing clarity on the same. 

Reality Check 

A noteworthy rumor that Merge will reduce the gas fees of the Ethereum network was addressed in the blog. Well, according to Crypto.com, the standard gas fee at the time of writing was 30 GWEI.

Source: Crypto.com

The organization said that while switching from proof-of-work (PoW) to proof-of-stake (PoS), network performance or capacity are not directly altered. Therefore, gas fees will not be reduced after the Merge.

Furthermore, word on the street was that the Merge would increase the transaction speed of the Ethereum network.

That too seemed to be inaccurate as the transaction speed will remain the same in the Ethereum network’s layer-1.

However, a slight reduction is possible as the goal for PoW was a new block every 13.3 seconds. On the beacon chain, slots happen after every 12 seconds.

The Ethereum Foundation further mentioned,

“On proof-of-stake blocks will be produced ~10% more frequently than on proof-of-work. This is a fairly insignificant change and is unlikely to be noticed by users.”

The community’s excitement

Amidst the hype of the Merge, new information presented by the Ethereum Foundation provided enthusiasts with much-needed clarification.

Earlier, there was not enough light thrown on the aforementioned topic. Nevertheless, the excitement around Merge has helped the token gain upward momentum.

ETH grew nearly 89% since July. At the time of writing, the altcoin king was trading at $1,847 with a market capitalization of $225,449,830,840. 

Source: CoinMarketCap

Not only did its price move northwards, but analytic firm Santiment’s data showed that its social dominance also increased compared to last month. Thus, indicating increased interest from the crypto community in Ethereum.

Source: Santiment

Looking Forward

As the Merge will bring several benefits to the Ethereum network, such as improved security, and less electricity consumption, the future of king altcoin looks promising.

This fact was further established when the number of active addresses with more than one balance reached its all-time high earlier this month. 

Source: Glassnode

Surprisingly, Ethereum also recently flipped Bitcoin [BTC] in open interest on options trading, which complements the hype related to the ETH Merge.

This episode caught many eyes as it was the first time that any altcoin had overtaken BTC in open interest. 

Therefore, the hype within the community, when coupled with the new information related to the Merge and other positive developments, suggested good days ahead for Ethereum. 

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Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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