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Decoding Ethereum Classic’s potential to be ‘heir to the throne’ after…

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The focus of the crypto community may now be shifted to the Ethereum [ETH] Merge event as August comes to a close. In the wake of this, a few Proof-of-Work (PoW) cryptocurrencies existing on the Ethereum blockchain have been tipped to profit from the transition.

Top of the list is Ethereum Classic [ETC], which prides itself as the “Sound Money” Ethereum. 

While ETC has lived up to that name recently, it has also added another feather to its cap. The latest being another hashrate achievement.

For your “highs” only

According to CoinWarz, ETC’s hashrate spiked more than 80% between the late hours of 30 August and 31 August. 

This increase triggered a jump to 40.02 TeraHashes per second (TH/s). While the surge was not as high as its stance on 29 August, it was well above the All-Time High (ATH) it hit before.

However, the hashrate had gone lower at press but still maintained a solid high at 39.82TH/s.

Source: CoinWarz’

Coincidentally, the hashrate was not the only positive take from the ETC ecosystem.

A thorough assessment of the cryptocurrency revealed that the network difficulty followed the hashrate increase.

Despite being low at 562.49, 2Miners.com reported that ETC’s network difficulty had increased to 592.49 as of 31 August.

All of these happened at an average block time of 13.05 seconds. 

Source: 2Miners.com

While verifying transactions may have seemed challenging for ETC, investor concern would be if the hard fork asset can produce greens during and after the Merge.

Ready, set, hold on

Although the hashrate soared, the ETC price did the opposite. Considering CoinMarketCap data, ETC was down to $33.03. Its 24-hour volume was below $900 million citing an 11.31% decrease from the previous day.

So has there been a decline in ETC interest or are investors accumulating towards the Merge?

On-chain metric from Santiment showed that the current stance favored the former.

This conclusion was derived from the social dominance and social volume perspective. At press time, social volume for ETC was 82 while the social dominance remained at 0.98%.

Source: Santiment

Despite the reds upperhand, assuming that ETC would not turn out green for investors may be calamitous. While nothing is guaranteed, the whale activity and development activity on the chain is something to consider.

According to the on-chain platform, these metrics have shown a few positive signs. Therefore, the possibility of ETC performing well in regards to the Merge may have stayed intact. Still, investors would need to watch the movement of Bitcoin [BTC], as well as ETH.

Source: Santiment

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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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