Ethereum L2 Coins Like Polygon (MATIC) Having A Rough Year While L1s Walk Toe-To-Toe, Says Research

Layer 2 tokens remain underdogs in 2022 as the spotlight was stolen by Layer 1 coins, according to a note from Kaiko Research.
What Happened: The research firm built a basket of top Layer 1 coins (L1) such as Solana (SOL), Terra (LUNA), Cardano (ADA), Avalanche (AVAX) and BNB (BNB). 

For the purposes of comparing with Layer 2 (L2) tokens, the researchers made a similar basket with dYdX (DYDX), Loopring (LRC), MetisDAO (METIS), Boba Network (BOBA) and Polygon MATIC/USD.

“Layer 2 tokens have struggled and are down over 40% after a particularly difficult February and March,” said Kaiko, in a note seen by Benzinga.

On the other hand, L1 coins moved in line with Ethereum ETH/USD over the year. This is despite the fact that the second-largest coin by market cap has continued to bleed total value locked market share.

Notably, Ethereum’s TVL locked in Decentralized Finance (DeFi) declined from $243.63 million at the beginning of January to $207.90 million on Monday, according to data from Glassnode.

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Why It Matters: Some of the L2s tracked by Kaiko have seen significant price erosion since the year began. LRC, MATIC and DYDX, are down 56.9%, 47.5% and 46.9% respectively so far in 2022.

Some L1s, in comparison, have performed better. LUNA is up 4.6% so far in 2022, while BNB and AVAX are down 22.2% and 36.4%. Solana has eroded 43.3% in price in the same period.

In comparison, Ethereum has fallen 20.25% since the year began.

Kaiko said hints originating from the team at Optimism, the fourth-largest L2 by TVL, about the release of a token and similar activity from Arbitrum, the second-largest L2 by TVL, could see a possible resurgence of interest in L2s.

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