Can Polygon’s planned hardfork free MATIC from the grip of the bears?

On January 12, Polygon’s [MATIC] announced its intention to hardfork its network while teasing new features. According to the tweet, the fork will reduce the increase in gas prices that occurs when the network is heavily used.

📢 GET READY FOR THE HARDFORK 🔥

The proposed hardfork for the #Polygon PoS chain will make key upgrades to the network on Jan 17th.

This is good news for devs & users — & will make for better UX.

You will NOT need to do anything differently. Details:https://t.co/RaBWDjEGrI pic.twitter.com/nipa15YQdZ

— Polygon (@0xPolygon) January 12, 2023

With its new fork, Polygon has made some modifications to its gas pricing policies. To moderate volatile gas costs, the base gas fee is expected to decrease from its current 12.5% (100/8) rate of change to 6.25% (100/16).

What to anticipate from the upcoming Polygon fork

The MATIC network’s fork will introduce substantial changes, including a reorg, which occurs when a validator node obtains data that reveals an improved, longer chain. Polygon has a problem with reorgs happening too often; therefore, it wants to speed up the process of verifying transactions by finalizing blocks.

With the proposed change to Polygon’s “sprint length,” the period over which a block producer can generate blocks will be cut in half, from 64 to 16.

MATIC price on a bullish trajectory

MATIC’s price was on an upward trend, according to the trendline on the daily timeframe. At the close of trade on 12 January, MATIC had gained close to 3% in value, indicating a positive reaction to the announcement. The asset was also in a strong bullish trend, according to the position of the Relative Strength Index line.

The Directional Movement Index validated the bullish trend of MATIC (DMI), while the positive DI and the signal line were both over 20, indicating the same.

Polygon (MATIC) price

Source: TradingView

Moreover, Santiment’s Daily Active Addresses suggested that January has already seen an uptick in the metric. According to the overall pattern, there have already been more active addresses in January 2023 than in December 2022.

Polygon (MATIC) address

Source: Santiment

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