Why Ropsten test success is crucial for Ethereum?

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Highlights

  • The much-awaited Ropsten test network successfully merged its PoW execution layer with the Beacon Chain PoS on 8 June.
  • On Thursday, Ethereum was trading at US$1,798.81 2:00 (GMT+1) with a volume of US$13,97,38,94,151 in the last 24 hours, according to CoinMarketCap.  

The last 24 hours have been quite eventful for the Ethereum protocol. With the entire crypto world looking forward to the Ropsten test network (testnet) upgrade results, many believed this could be a pivotal moment for the second most preferred cryptocurrency.

As it completed its Ropsten's successfully merged its proof-of-work chain with the proof-of-stake beacon chain, Ethereum has crossed its first hurdle, at least for now, in its eventual attempt to move onto Eth 2.0 on 8 June. 

The momentum had been building up since the Ethereum Merge was announced on 3 June. As of now, Ethereum still depends on the proof-of-work (PoW) consensus for discovering new blocks and adding them to the blockchain.

In the long run, it intends to switch to the more energy-efficient proof-of-stake (PoS). Therefore, the success of the Ropsten test network may be significant in the practice session for the mainnet, which will see Ethereum's eventual transition to PoS. 

Hurdles and glitches 

Ethereum developer Parithosh Jayanthi congratulated the team on the Ropsten upgrade, which would offer unique ways to set up a node. 

However, he hinted that there were specific challenges that the team faced during the merge. The Ethereum team is working towards fixing the bugs and would be monitoring them in the next few weeks. 

Ethereum is expected to undergo two more of the public testnet Goelri and Sepolia networks, which will be executed in due course before the mainnet merge. 

How is the market reacting post the Ropsten merge?

Ethereum did seem to gain momentum following the merge, witnessing a minor rally of 0.37% on 9 June. Ethereum, which dropped below US$2000 for the first time on 12 May, has struggled to hit the mark since then. 

On Thursday, it struggled to reach US$2,000 and was trading at US$1,798.81 around 2:00 PM (GMT+1). The trading volume of US$13,97,38,94,151 in the past 24 hours, according to CoinMarketCap. 

The RSI stood at 39.59 during intraday trading. But it doesn't seem to indicate that the development has significantly impacted the market. 

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However, Ethereum's MACD does show a slight movement upwards, with the signal line below the MACD line. This is reflected in the 50, 100, and 200 EMAs, assuming that it can hold its momentum and that Ethereum's price may touch US$1,896.14, US$2,187.98, and US$2,500.92, respectively.  

Whether Ethereum gets the much-needed momentum with this remains to be seen, but the Ropsten test network success will go a long way in their subsequent test launches, which are due later this year. 

The development would buoy the market participants, but at the same time, they need to be careful. A study of market trends would hold them in good stead while making investment decisions. 

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