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Cryptonary’s Polygon Digest: Is zkEVM the Future? | March 11th

March 11, 2023
11 Mar 2023 : 09:16
Updated : 23 Mar 2023 : 13:52
6 min read

Welcome to Cryptonary’s Polygon Digest, your one-stop source for all things Polygon.

So, what’s happened recently?

There’s been some big news from the Polygon camp. A date has been announced for the zkEVM mainnet. zkEVM (zero-knowledge Ethereum Virtual Machine) is a zero-knowledge (ZK) blockchain that’s compatible with Ethereum dApps. It could potentially be a front-runner in the ZK blockchain sector, which Vitalik himself has stated is the future!

Let’s dive in!


  • Polygon PoS is being outcompeted by Arbitrum and Optimism. Polygon’s TVL (Total Value Locked) is down 4%, while the others are up 57% and 37% respectively. Whilst the chain is not dead, it’s certainly losing market share.
  • zkEVM is set to launch on March 27. This could be the answer to the increasing competition Polygon is facing, especially as ZK technology is seen as the future of blockchains. This will add value to the $MATIC token, as it must be locked by transaction sequencers.
  • With considerable funding, expert teams, and an established ecosystem, Polygon has the potential to incubate a leading zkEVM blockchain!
  • Polygon ID is live, allowing KYC (Know Your Customer) and proving users’ identities without actually sharing personal information.
Disclaimer: This is not investment nor investment advice. Only you are responsible for any capital-related decisions you make and only you are accountable for the results.

Is Polygon PoS Dying?

Launched in 2020, Polygon’s PoS chain is currently live and in use.

The PoS chain has seen $2.52B in transactions, with an average cost of $0.017, from over 223M unique wallets.

TVL on Polygon sits at $1.12B, down 4% ($46M) since the start of February.

This change isn’t massive, but Polygon is far behind Arbitrum and Optimism (up 57% and 37% respectively). 

This backs up the widespread narrative that Layer 2s are superior to sidechains (Polygon PoS is a sidechain).

Gains Network is a great example. It’s been live on Polygon since January 2022, but since launching on Arbitrum (Layer 2) on December 30, trading volumes have increased by 300% (as seen below). Arbitrum now sees 70% of all trading volume on Gains. 

When it comes to data, there are more signs that capital is rotating to other chains… 

Major DEXs (decentralised exchanges) are seeing capital outflows, with Curve and Uniswap’s TVL -11% ($7.6M) and -8% ($8.8M) respectively.

So, is Polygon PoS dead?


But it’s definitely losing market share. 

And unless something changes, it’s on a path to its end.

Luckily, there’s a new dog in the Polygon ecosystem…

The Future is zkEVMs

ZK technology is the most well-known Layer 2 solution. And after a lovely Valentine’s gift, it appears Polygon has become a front-runner in the sector and is in a position to seriously compete for market share.

Transaction costs considered, it’s clear Polygon could be taking on all blockchains and Layer 2s, not just ZK Layer 2s.

Polygon stated that the cost to send an ERC-20 token (a standard transaction, sending a token from one wallet to another) on their zkEVM will be $0.0001! For comparison, Arbitrum currently costs between $0.05 and $0.15 per transaction.

What does this mean for $MATIC’s price?

While transaction fees themselves will be paid in $ETH, $MATIC (Polygon’s token) will benefit from the new chain.

Sequencers (who order transactions in blocks) must lock $MATIC tokens. This adds value – if $MATIC is locked up while buying pressure remains the same or increases, the price will rise. 

The news has had a clear impact on $MATIC price, but the excitement was short-lived. 

As the announcement was merely a date, the 35% pump wasn’t sustainable in these macro conditions. 

When the mainnet is released, any pump will have more legs…

$MATIC Price Analysis (Weekly)

Recently, $MATIC lost $1.30 as support on the weekly timeframe. 

This opens the door for a test of $0.75 as support in the coming weeks, unless it can close a weekly candle back above $1.30.

$MATIC’s weekly market structure is bullish (higher highs and higher lows), which suggests it will likely continue to perform well in the next few months, or at least until the market structure is broken.

An important thing to note is that Bitcoin will be the “guy at the wheel” (the one to influence $MATIC’s price action). If you want to know more, we dive into Bitcoin’s monthly timeframe and our expectations for Q2 here

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Cryptonary’s Take | Conclusion

Polygon PoS is a well-established ecosystem, but Layer 2s have taken over in both TVL and hype. This was proven when launching on Arbitrum pumped the Gains Network token’s price, volume and TVL. The same can’t be said for Polygon…

Whilst the chain isn’t dead, it’s consistently being outcompeted by Arbitrum and Optimism.

Polygon zkEVM could be the answer to this problem. 

The ZK blockchain and Layer 2 ecosystem are early. However, Polygon has considerable funding, expert teams, and an established ecosystem. 

They’re in the perfect position to take advantage of the hype surrounding ZK and establish themselves as a major player. If they do, this will add considerable value to the $MATIC token.

zkEVM mainnet is due March 27, and we’re very excited to give it a go!

As always, thank you for reading.



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