Polygon’s emphasis on L2 infrastructure wins out over MATIC’s drop of 50% from ATH

Polygon ( MATIC), which suffered a 50% correction between December 25 and January 25, has struggled to maintain the $1.40 support. Some argue that the top-15 coin has been adjusted following a 16.200% increase in 2021. Others point out competing scaling solutions.

MATIC token/USD at FTX. Source: TradingView

MATIC is still 50.8% lower than its historic high of $11 billion in market capitalization. The market cap for Terra ( LUNA), Solana ( SOL), and Avalanche( AVAX_) currently stands at $17 billion.

Positive news is that Polygon raised $450 Million on February 7, and was supported by some of the most significant venture funds in blockchain, such as Sequoia Capital.

Polygon provides infrastructure and scaling support for Ethereum Virtual Machine-based decentralized applications (DApps) (EVM). It is also free from network congestion and high transaction fees that can negatively impact the Ethereum network.

However, proof-of-stake layer-1 network technology was created and provided low-cost smart contract capabilities. This greatly increased competition for Ethereum network decentralized financing (DeFi), nonfungible token minting, marketplaces and crypto games.

Terra’s total value locked increased 340% between July 2021 and December 2021 to $12.6 billion. Similar results were seen in Avalanche, where smart contracts deposits increased by $185 million to $11.11 trillion during the same time.

Polygon’s Scaling Solution is decreasing in popularity

After Polygon’s TVL fell below 4 billion MATIC, Polygon’s primary DApp indicator began to show weakness in August 2021.

Polygon Total Value Locked, MATIC. Source: DefiLlama

The chart below shows that Polygon’s DApp deposits peaked in July 2021 at 7.4 Billion MATIC. They then dramatically declined over the following months. The current $3.5 billion TVL, in dollar terms is the lowest since May 2021. These figures are less than 5% (excluding Ethereum), according to DefiLama data.

Ankr, a multichain toolkit for blockchain infrastructure, has enabled a token link between Ethereum and Polygon. The first release will enable the aMATICb liquid staking to token to be sent, and stored. This allows users to unlock additional rewards through DeFi platforms.

Analyzing DApp usage metrics can help confirm if the TVL drop in Polygon has been problematic. Some DApps such as collectibles and games don’t require large deposits so the TVL metric doesn’t apply.

Polygon DApps 30-day on-chain data. Source: DappRadar

DappRadar shows that the number of Polygon network address interacting with decentralized apps increased by 5% on March 10, compared to the previous month. Although Polygon’s TVL was hit the most by smart contract platforms like Smart Contract Platforms, there is still solid gaming sector use, according to Crazy Defense Heroes’ 199.260 active addresses over the past 30 days.

Polygon’s zk-STARK powered Miden Virtual Machine was launched on Nov. 16. It is a zero-knowledge Scalable Transparent Argument of Knowledge. Polygon also has committed more than $1 billion to develop complex DeFi apps that require sensitive information to be redacted on digital assets. This reduces their size and allows for faster verification by blockchain participants.

These data show that Polygon is holding firm against competing chains. Those who hold the shares might not be too concerned about MATIC’s price correction of 50%. Polygon’s ecosystem is thriving and its ability to offer layer-2 scaling solutions that are highly sought after by multiple industries can be considered a positive factor.

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