E6 - Mint Bots Deliver 7hr KO to Solana & Otherside NFTs Push ETH Gas Fees to New Highs

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In this week’s episode, we take a deep dive into an NFT mint bot storm that took down the Solana blockchain for seven hours. We also look at the Bored Ape Yacht club's Otherside metaverse land sale and its brutal impact on Ethereum gas fees.

I, Degen - E6: Mint Bots Deliver 7hr KO to Solana & Otherside NFTs Push ETH Gas Fees to Highs - 5/6/22

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Solana Blockchain’s 11th outage, 7th of 2022.- Solana Incident Report

What: May, 1st - 4M transactions per second, initiated by NFT minting bots, took down Solana blockchain by preventing nodes from reaching consensus. The bots were targeting the Metaplex Candy Machine.

What is Metaplex?
Allows users to mint and sell NFTs.

On securing the network, from their site:
Prevent bots from interfering with NFT sales with decentralized architecture, Certified Collections, and CAPTCHAS.
Metaplex poses a solution charge a tax/fee on failed TXs.

Based on a Twitter poll on the same thread with the solution, 5k votes total. With 75% no, and 25% yes.

The speculation was that:
“Eth & AVAX maxi’s voting no”
“Bots voting no”

However, the proposed solution looks like an anti-pattern!
There is a chance that a real user could hit one of these cases, especially in # 2 (Trying to mint when there are no items left in the candy machine). But we think these will not be frequent.
This is not a fool proof fix, and it will not completely stop congestion but we belive it has a substantial enough impact to attempt it.
How does Solana Consensus Work?
leewayhertz.com explains

I, Degen - Freestyle Convo
BAYC Otheside Metaverse Land Sale Pushes ETH gas fee to new high.

175M on fees total, many of which failed

  • The Otherside Metaverse NFT mint spearheaded by Yuga Labs is thus far the largest in blockchain history
  • 55,000 Otherdeeds NFTs were sold for a flat rate of 305 Apeocin, raising $320 million using an APE value of around $19
  • The mint congested the Ethereum network raising network fees to as high as 8,000 Gwei
  • Some users paid as much as $7k in fees
  • Roughly 64k Ethereum in transaction fees was consumed during the mint
    The floor price for Otherside NFTs had gone as high as 5 ETH on OpenSea
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E6 - Mint Bots Deliver 7hr KO to Solana & Otherside NFTs Push ETH Gas Fees to New Highs
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