It appears that “aping” into new decentralized finance (DeFi) coins is back in vogue with Bitcoin pumping, Ethereum moving towards its summer highs, and money moving right down the DeFi risk curve.
A new Ethereum-based coin has surged 3,000 percent in the past week.
ZLOT surges 3,000 percent in a week
One of the biggest up-and-coming protocols in the Ethereum space is Hegic Options, a platform through which users can obtain derivatives called options to bet on the price of Bitcoin or Ethereum.
Hegic Options has garnered much support within the community, despite its pseudonymous founder “Molly.” The platform is actively recommended by “DegenSpartan” and is being used by Cronje for a new product for the Yearn.finance ecosystem.
The issue is, the platform has a flaw: its “staking lot” feature, which allows users to stake 888,888 HEGIC (now worth around $250,000), is centralized amongst whales.
So, as normal, blockchain developers deployed smart contracts to solve this problem, resulting in zLot and zHegic.
In simple terms, users can pool their small amounts of HEGIC into the contract and become part of a staking lot, thus earning regular returns in ETH and WBTC. It’s a smart idea, to be sure, with millions in total locked value just weeks after it has launched. But even more impressive than that is the performance of its native governance token, ZLOT.
zLot and its respective token were launched quietly just over three weeks ago: at the time, few had heard of Hegic and had no clue what the hell staking lots were. So, even with its limited supply, it only traded at around $100, sometimes dipping below that level.
But things turned around for this Hegic-based platform when Molly and Yearn.finance Andre Cronje, who purportedly run a DeFi venture fund together, bought 10 percent of the ZLOT supply and the two promised to fund an audit for the platform.
☯️ M&A + zLOT ⚫️@mollyandandre fund contributed $100,000 $HEGIC in @zLOTFinance + M&A will pay for zLOT’s security audit by @peckshield + M&A acquired 10% of $zLOT total supply: 888 $zLOT (~$1M FDMC) + provided 300K $HEGIC into zLOT staking.
— M&A (@mollyandandre) November 14, 2020
Since this announcement, the coin has not stopped rallying.
According to CoinGecko, it now trades for $2,900, meaning it is up over 3,000 percent from last week’s lows near $80.
Investors like “Tetranode,” an early Ethereum and YFI adopter, have begun to promote the asset despite its rally of over 3,000 percent.
— Tetranode (@Tetranode) November 17, 2020
According to Tyler Reynolds, a Google Payments staffer that moonlights as a DeFi analyst, suggested that ZLOT may be overextended, despite what product it may have.
His math indicated that if 80 percent of all Hegic Options staking lots are filed by zLot users, then ZLOT should be at $631, or HEGIC should be at $0.72 (it is around 30 percent this right now).
— Tyler Reynolds (@tbr90) November 17, 2020
Another analyst made a similar comment, arguing that the coin is overvalued for the time being.