Top VC Fears DeFi “Black Thursday” Redux Is Possible as Ethereum Congests

Ethereum has a transaction fee problem, similar to the one it and Bitcoin faced in 2017 and early 2018.

On August 12th, the cost of Ethereum “gas,” how transaction fees are calculated, hit 277 Gwei. By this writer’s estimates, that means that sending ETH was $2.25, sending ERC-20 was around $5, and trading on Uniswap was $10. That’s not ludicrous per se, but it’s a rate far higher than it was just three months ago.

With Ethereum seeing clear network congestion issues, investors have begun to speculate what effect this will have on the cryptocurrency market.

One venture capitalist/fund manager in the space has argued that the congestion increases the risk of another “Black Thursday” in DeFi. “Black Thursday” was the term given to the implosion that took place in the cryptocurrency market in March. While Bitcoin crashed massively, the entire DeFi ecosystem almost collapsed entirely due to congestion issues and extremely volatile price action.

Ethereum Could See Another “Black Thursday”: Multicoin Capital Partner

On “Black Thursday,” the DeFi ecosystem went through a harrowing crunch. As this chart from LongHash shows, there was a spike in liquidations of loans issued by MakerDAO, the flagship protocol of Ethereum’s DeFi ecosystem.

The liquidations were dangerous for DeFi as the loans were incorrectly processed due to congestion in the Ethereum blockchain. DeFi Pulse wrote on the matter:

“The dramatic increase in gas prices caused Maker’s price feed oracle to remain stuck at ~$166 despite the market dipping almost 15% lower at times.”


Tushar Jain, a managing partner of the…

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