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From an $8M exploit to becoming third-largest DeFi project – Here’s the story of…

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Thorchain works a lot like other automated market makers (AMMs) such as Uniswap. But with an important difference. It enables trades of real cryptocurrencies from completely different blockchains – not “wrapped” or synthetic versions. However, its native token RUNE tumbled in markets after the blockchain suffered an exploit for the second time in two weeks in July 2021.

I’ve come a long way

According to Messari, THORChain is now the third-largest project in DeFi, after Uniswap and Maker. It even went ahead of well-known projects like Aave and PancakeSwap. THORChain core developer Chad Barraford tweeted this development.

Following this, the price of RUNE spiked by 34% in a day. Its value increased by 21% over the past 24 hours to rest at $5.27. Although, at press time, the price had settled under the $5 mark with a 3% hike in 24 hours.

Finding my trigger

Cross-chain protocol THORChain went live with synthetic assets trading on its platform earlier on 10 March. This caused the price of its native token RUNE to jump as discussed above.

Notably, crypto synthetics, or synths, are derivative tokens of other digital assets, pegged to the value of the underlying collateralized asset such as Bitcoin or Ether.

Using RUNE as an intermediary allowed for the trading of assets from one network to be traded for another in a decentralized manner without using smart contract-based “bridges.”

Interestingly, synthetics such as synthetic BTC (sBTC) and synthetic ETH (sETH) are traded on the network. In a blog post, the team highlighted a few advantages of this development. It noted, “synths have great utility for traders and arbitrageurs, as they can be transacted nearly instantly and at a fraction of the cost compared to native L1 swaps.”

Well, in the future, it would allow THORChads to earn yield with Synths thanks to vaults. And, it would also provide other exciting THORFi utilities. Core developer Chad Barraford reiterated the importance of freshly launched synths via Twitter.

Soon after the launch, the volume metrics witnessed a significant start. It clocked in $40M in 24 hr of volume on the day of the synths launch. It is indeed a good start.

Source: Messari

Earlier this week, the team highlighted its roadmap moving forward, as it vowed to make “decentralized liquidity 10X.” Nonetheless, it still has a long road ahead if it plans to surpass Uniswap, the leading Defi project which has around $6 billion in the reported market cap.


Shubham is a full-time journalist/ Crypto data analyst at AMBCrypto. A Master's graduate in Accounting and Finance, Shubham's writings mainly focus on the cryptocurrency sector with particular emphasis on market research studies and communications for >2 years. Also, a die-hard Chelsea fan #KTBFFH.
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