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Ethereum OFAC-compliant blocks drop as validators move to affect this update

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  • Ethereum OFAC-compliant blocks have dropped, according to recent data.
  • Ethereum validators are also planning to employ an update that would see OFAC compliance reduced by 35%.

After this year’s merge, Ethereum [ETH] changed from a Proof-of-Work (POW) to a Proof-of-Stake (POS) network. Because of the consolidation, validators are now responsible for protecting transactions and the integrity of the network.

Read Ethereum’s [ETH] Price Prediction 2023-24

However, censorship of blocks on Ethereum became a heated topic, and the success of the merge was quickly forgotten. Some analysts were also dissatisfied with the dominance of OFAC-compliant MEV-boost relays and blocks. 

OFAC-compliant blocks on the rise

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) blocked the Tornado Cash mixer program in August. In response to the OFAC’s decision, Flashbots, an Ethereum research and development firm, revealed some significant updates.

The company declared that it would begin censoring transactions using a critical component of the infrastructure, relied on by validators operating Ethereum’s POS network. The resultant effect was OFAC-compliant blocks.

The current state of MEVs

Information from revealed that in September, the proportion of OFAC-compliant blocks started rising sharply, eventually becoming the most dominant MEV. During November, compliant blocks reached a high of 79%, with non-compliant blocks reaching 11% and 10%, respectively.

However, as of this writing, the percentage of followers had declined to 68%, with 57% compliant blocks overall. This progress was made thanks to the consistent efforts of all players, especially Flashbots. 

Ethereum compliant blocks


By refusing Maximal Extractable Value (MEV) payments below 0.05 ETH, validators might reduce OFAC compliance by 35%, according to research released by Flashbots in November and cited by Messari. This decision would have a minor impact on their earnings.

Stakers rise either way

ETH stakers continued to be active in their operations despite the concerns regarding the compliance blocks. The value had been increasing, as evidenced by the Total Value Staked metrics from CryptoQuant.

According to the data, as of 15 December, there had been more than $15 million in stake. This meant that despite the concerns regarding compliance and the centralization of ETH validators, more ETH was being staked.

Ethereum TVS

Source: CryptoQuant

ETH faces decline

A daily period chart of Ethereum (ETH) revealed that it had lost about 7% of its value over the previous 48 hours. The FOMC report that was made public on 14 December may also have contributed to the price decline.

The short and long Moving Averages (the yellow and blue lines) were found to be acting as resistance. The yellow line formed the resistance level at $1,300, while the blue line did the same around $1,500.

Ethereum price

Source: TradingView

According to the Relative Strength Index metric, which was below 50, the overall trend of ETH was bearish. Given that it had already reached the high-volume node zone, the Visible Range Volume Profile metric also suggested that there was a chance of a further drop. ETH was worth approximately $1,200 at the time of writing.

The Ethereum community’s efforts to make the platform censorship-resistant and neutral are paying off. This change may cause the number of compliant blocks to gradually diminish.


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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