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A Guide for BeaconScan Guild Warz

Need some help to win the staking contest? Read on.

Nov 17, 2020: the contest has ended! Scroll below to check how to exit your validators.
Oct 27, 2020: the contest now has 2 external sponsors and the prize money is at 5,000 DAI!

The article below is split into three sections. If you’d like to read on a specific section, scroll further down to it.

  1. What is Guild Warz?
  2. How to set graffiti
  3. How to exit validators
  4. Validator set up guides

What is Guild Warz?

Guild Warz is a pooled staking contest on ETH 2.0 Medalla Testnet.

ETH 2.0 is a fundamental change to the Ethereum blockchain. To ensure its successful deployment, Ethereum needs its community to set up validators. What better way to encourage this than with incentives? As we’ve seen with the recent rush into Yield Farming, our community loves playing for incentives. BeaconScan would like to inspire a community initiative to do just that for ETH 2.0 and invite others to do so too.

For those who remember the earlier days of mining, we were proud to band into pools and show the world where we were mining from. We use the concept of Guilds as a homage to those days.

To participate in or learn more about the contest, head over to

How to Exit Validators

After the contest has ended, you may leave the Medalla network in a tidy manner by conducting a voluntary exit. Several guides for doing so are listed below:

How to Set Graffiti

Winning at Guild Warz requires setting validator graffiti to represent your guild.

Each validator client has their own syntax for setting graffiti. Here we list down the syntax to do so (note: these are subject to change with new client updates) and a link to the relevant documentation for each client. If all else fails, you can contact the teams directly on their Discord channels.






Rocket Pool

For those who are running a Rocket Pool validator, you may follow the instructions below:

  1. Run rocketpool service pause to make sure your stack isn't running
  2. Modify ~/.rocketpool/chains/eth2/ and replace both instances of --graffiti "$GRAFFITI" with --graffiti "guildwarz-rocket-pool" then save the file
  3. Run rocketpool service start to resume your node

You may also ask further details in their Discord channel:

Validator Set Up Guides

The canonical guide for starting out with ETH 2.0 staking is the Medalla Launchpad. The website provides a thorough overview of staking, including the risks involved and steps to do so up to depositing your ETH 1.0 into the Medalla Beacon Contract.

Other guides have been written that provide additional detail or are specific to an Operating System & client. We list some of these below. They are excellent reference sources, but keep in mind that client updates may result in some becoming outdated.

Guide to Staking on Ethereum 2.0 (Ubuntu/Medalla/Nimbus)

Guide to Staking on Ethereum 2.0 (Ubuntu/Medalla/Teku)

Guide to Staking on Ethereum 2.0 (Ubuntu/Medalla/Lighthouse)

Guide to Staking on Ethereum 2.0 (Ubuntu/Medalla/Prysm)

ETH2.0 Lighthouse Validator Non Tech Guide on MacOS

Bring up an Ethereum 2 test node the “easy” way, on Linux with docker

Ethereum 2.0 staking guide (Ubuntu and Prysm)

Running Ethereum Full Nodes: A Guide for the Barely Motivated

Bankless Guide: Becoming a Validator on the Eth2 Testnet

Eth 2.0 Staking and More with Topaz and DAppnode for under $750

Guide: How to stake on ETH2 Medalla Testnet with Prysm on Ubuntu

Guide: How to stake on ETH2 Medalla Testnet with Teku on Ubuntu

Guide: How to stake on ETH2 Medalla Testnet with Lighthouse on Ubuntu

Guide: How to stake on ETH2 Medalla Testnet with Lodestar on Ubuntu

How to stake for Ethereum 2.0 with DappNode

Eth2-docker walkthrough …. “easy” node setup

Running an Eth 2 Validator

Additional tips may be added to this article periodically. Good luck staking!

#beaconscan #medalla #guildwarz




Etherscan is the leading Ethereum Blockchain Explorer. The core of Etherscan involves extracting data from the Ethereum distributed ledger, indexing and displaying the processed data in a concise and readable manner for the masses and layperson.

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