Misconception about Ethereum Upgrade aka Merge

xuanling11
Coinmonks
Published in
2 min readAug 17, 2022

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There is excitement about the Ethereum Merge. Many may hope the Merge solves many existing problems, but those may become misconceptions.

Here are lists of misconceptions:

❎ Ethereum gas fees will reduce

❎ Transaction will be faster

❎ Ethereum blockchain will be a temporary halt

❎ Investors can withdraw staked ETH after the Merge

❎ Validators will not be able to withdraw rewards

❎ Running a node needs staking 32 ETH

❎ Staking APR is expected to triple

Here are reasons of misconceptions:

Ethereum gas fees will reduce

👉 lowering gas fees requires expanding network capacity

👉 rollup may help

Transaction will be faster

👉 it will not be noticeably faster than before

Ethereum blockchain will be a temporary halt

👉 no downtime

Investors can withdraw staked ETH after the Merge

👉 withdraw available after Shanghai upgrade

Validators will not be able to withdraw rewards

👉 it will be available to the validator immediately

Running a node needs staking 32 ETH

👉 any amounts work

Staking APR is expected to triple

👉 close to a ~50% increase

Why Merge, then?

I don’t know. Probably there is nothing to move the crypto market at this point.

The End.

Kidding here.

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