Just before the Ethereum network transitioned from a proof-of-work (PoW) blockchain to proof-of-stake (PoS), Ethereum Classic’s hashrate saw a significant increase. Three days after The Merge, Ethereum Classic had 214.37 terahash per second (TH/s) of hashrate. However, since then, the network’s hashrate has decreased significantly as 44.33% of it has been lost over the last 134 days.
Ethereum Classic Loses Luster After The Merge
Ethereum Classic (ETC) was the center of attention just before Ethereum’s (ETH ) big transition, but has since lost its PoW dance partner. Since Ethereum’s transition from proof-of-work (PoW) to proof-of-stake (PoS), the Ethereum Classic (ETC ) network has seen an increase in hashrate. On Jan. 17, 2022, ETC had 23.87 terahash per second (TH/s) of hashrate. As of Jan. 30, 2023, over a year later, Ethereum Classic has a total of 119.32 TH/s in hashrate, a 399% increase in 12 months. However, 134 days ago, ETC ’s computational power was more than 44% higher.
ETC ’s price and hashrate both saw a significant increase on Sept. 15, 2022, the day of the Ethereum transition from proof-of-work (PoW) to proof-of-stake (PoS). On that day, ethereum classic (ETC) was valued at around $35.81 per coin, after reaching $39 per unit the day prior. Ethereum Classic’s price was on fire at the time, but it has since cooled off like a wet campfire. As of Jan. 30, 2023, ETC is trading at $22.98 per unit, a decrease of 35.82% from its value after the transition. Archive.org records show that on Sept. 18, 2022, 214.37 terahash per second (TH/s) was dedicated to the Ethereum Classic network.
Presently, F2pool is the largest Ethereum Classic mining pool, with 26.91 terahash per second (TH/s) of the total 119.32 TH/s, equating to 22.55% of the network’s hashrate. Ethermine.org follows with 16.48 TH/s, accounting for about 13.81% of ETC ’s hashrate. The other mining pools in the top ten include 2miners.com, Ezil.me, Dogpool.one, Hiveon.net, Poolin, richpool.pro, Pool.btc.com, and Antpool. These ten ETC mining pools have a total hashrate of approximately 95.11 TH/s.
Moreover, Ethereum Classic had approximately $873,161 in total value locked (TVL) in decentralized finance (defi) protocols on Sept. 15, 2022. As of today, the TVL in Ethereum Classic defi protocols has decreased 56.84% to $376,803. Currently, the decentralized exchange (dex) platform Hebeswap dominates with 58.74% of the TVL, amounting to $221,335. However, Hebeswap was also the dex with the worst seven-day TVL decrease of -6.87% in the past week.
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