🥛 The Merge is tonight. Are you ready??
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Here's what we got for ya today:
- The Merge is tonight. Are you ready??
- Sorare Week 2 update
- Quick bites
- Meme of the day
THE MERGE IS TONIGHT
Tonight's the big night. The Merge is finally here.
It honestly felt like Super Bowl week. And if you follow football, you should know that the week leading up to the big game is just as big.
That’s because of Media Days - where players and coaches get bombarded with questions to clarify the gameplan, concerns, etc before the game starts. So we’re coming at ya with our version…
We’re calling it Merge Media Day. Yesterday we dropped part 1 where we covered all the basics. Today we’re gonna talk about some risks, and what happens after the Merge.
Let’s jump in…
Q: WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST RISKS?
Just like with anything, there are always risks. Here are some of the biggest ones:
- Proof of Work Fork. A group of Ethereum miners led by Chandler Guo is preparing a hard fork called ETHW. They plan to airdrop ETHW tokens 1:1 to Ethereum holders. They’ll claim to be the legitimate chain which could confuse holders and validators.
- Replay Attacks allow for transactions or messages signed on one chain to be “replayed” on another chain. The only way to fall victim to a replay attack is to interact with forked networks or airdropped tokens.
- ETH Loans. People are burrowing ETH at record rates to get the proof of work ($ETHW) airdrop. If people default on their loans, it could cause a ripple effect.
- Validators not updating their clients: 25-30% of validators went offline after the Sepolia Merge and 9% of validators didn’t update their clients for the Bellatrix testnet. Everything should be good for tomorrow, but if there’s a hiccup, it could be these guys.
Q: SO, WHAT’S AFTER THE MERGE?
The Merge may be the most important update in Ethereum history, but it's sure not the last one. In fact, it’s only the 1st of 5 big updates coming.
This is why we are calling The Merge, the demolition phase. Let me explain.
What’s the first thing a construction crew does before they start a new building? They demolish the old one.
Just like you can’t build a modern building using 19th-century infrastructure. Ethereum can’t build a modern blockchain with blockchain infrastructure from 2016.
They gotta start from scratch. With a solid foundation. By clearing out the old (proof of work chain) and bringing on a new one (proof of stake chain), they can build the future of Ethereum.
Here's what's coming next:
- The Surge: This phase will bring sharding to Ethereum. Sharding allows for layer 2’s to scale more easily.
- The Verge: This phase implements “verkle trees.” and “stateless clients”. It will be easier to run a validator and “great for decentralization”.
- The Purge: Deletes old network history to cut down the amount of hard drive space validators need and reduce network congestion.
- The Splurge: 100k transactions per second and "all the other fun stuff"
Some people thought this day would never come. Now it's here and doesn't feel real.
BONUS QUESTION FOR THE MILK ROADERS
The Ethereum Merge is estimated to happen ~13 hours from now (around 11PM PST). So we wanna know...
What's your prediction on what time it will actually happen?
Reply to this email with your! We'll be sending 1 ETH to the person that has the closest guess to the correct time.
TODAY'S EDITION IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY SORARE
I have a passion.
It’s fantasy sports. Right now I have 3 football teams and 2 soccer teams. And I just added another one…
The Milk Road Sluggers. It’s the official Milk Road Sorare team.
Sorare is a digital entertainment platform where you can create a collection of digital player cards and play those cards in a free-to-play fantasy sports game where you compete weekly for rewards.
And in case you missed it, we’re going on a 6-week journey to test out Sorare to see how fun it is.
Last week was our first week trying it out. We made our account, redeemed our free digital player trading cards, and got familiar with the basics.
Now we’re back for Week 2. This week we had two goals:
1/ Scout some new players to add to the squad
2/ Enter our first tournament
Here’s how it went down…
GETTING PLAYERS. Sorare gives you two options to get new NTF-backed digital player cards:
- bid for newly released players on the primary market
- buy them from other owners on the secondary market
For example, I could buy an Aaron Judge on the secondary market at a slightly higher price. Or… I could take a go into a bidding war for one of 3 new Aaron Judge cards on the primary market, but the auction period might not end for a couple of hours and I might be outbid by another Manager.
Now I know what you’re thinking… bid wars?? ain’t nobody got time for that!! Trust me, I felt the same way at first.
This is pretty different from what you see with other projects where you open up packs and get random players.
On Sorare you'll always know which players you're about to get. It isn’t about opening blind packs to find extra rare cards, but rather scouting for undervalued players and then putting them into the right lineups to help you win rewards.
It’s for sports fans, not traders. Which has helped them avoid falling victim to the hype bubble we’ve seen for other NFT projects.
We did a little bit of scouting, added some players, and are ready to enter our very first tournament.
Tournaments are where you can win rewards based on how well your team of players does that week. It’s where you reap the benefits from all the hard work of scouting. And trust us, we were lookin’ like Nick Saban out there.
This week we’re entering the Common All-Star challenge. The line-up consists of 2 pitchers, 3 batters, and 2 flex (any position).
Ladies & gents, we present to you the very first Milk Road Sluggers line-up…
That’s a championship team if I’ve ever seen one.
We’ll keep you updated on how well the squad does and what rewards we end up winning next week!
Wanna join in on the action & compete with the Milk Road Sluggers? Start building your team and claim your FREE pack here!
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Locked in for the Merge.
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