what is thorchain

THORChain is a cross-chain blockchain that offers swapping with native tokens. We answer 4 popular questions about THORChain. This is Part 2 of our articles about THORChain. Here’s a link to Part 1.

So, let’s dive in and see what THORChain has to offer.

When Was THORChain Launched?

The initial THORChain team got together back in 2018. They took part in a Binance Dexathon. So, this developed in what we now know as THORChain. In July 2019, they organized an IDO and managed to raise $1.5 million. 

They also launched their first DEX in July 2019 on the BNB chain. This was BEPswap. Here you can swap all possible BEP2 tokens. In April 2021, they launched the multichain chaosnet. This allowed for cross-chain transfers between a handful of blockchains. For instance, Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin. However, this saw no less than three back-to-back hacks in July 2021. The hackers netted $13 million.

Nonetheless, THORChain bounced back. They managed to sort out all bugs, code, and security issues. This resulted in being back in full force by October 2021. Currently, they support eight blockchains with cross-chain options.

What Is the THORChain Coin?

THORChain has its native coin, the RUNE token. They use it in each pair in their pools. Shortly, I will explain how their pools work. In the meantime, each pool has a 1:1 ratio with RUNE. So, a pool with $10,000 in ETH will also need $10,000 worth of RUNE.

The initial supply was 1 billion tokens, but in October 2019, they burned 50% of the max supply. In other words, currently there is a max supply of 500 million RUNE tokens.

There are three use cases for the RUNE token.

  1. Security — All node operators must bond twice as many RUNE as the number of staked RUNE. This bonded RUNE makes sure that the node operators act in the best interest of the network. It provides network security. In total, the network needs three times the amount of RUNE compared to non-RUNE assets locked. 1:1 in the pools and 2:1 bonded by the node operators. 
  2. Governance — If you hold RUNE, you can vote on decisions. These influence the direction of the network. For example, which asset or chain to prioritize.
  3. Incentives — Both liquidity providers and node operators receive block rewards in RUNE. They also receive swap fees in RUNE as rewards. Furthermore, you can pay gas fees in RUNE. 

The current price is $1.17 with a market cap of $352 million. Out of the 500 million max supply of RUNE, 300.7 million circulate already. Below is a picture of the 30-day RUNE price chart.


Source: CoinGecko

Where to Buy the THORChain Coin?

The RUNE token is available on all major CEXs For example, Binance, Gate.io, KuCoin, Crypto.com, or Kraken. The THORWallet DEX has plenty of RUNE pairs on offer. This is another sample of a non-custodial wallet option. As the name implies, they are part of the THORChain ecosystem. They also offer an interesting APY on their native token or other tokens. Furthermore, THORWallet is also multi chain. Plenty of good reasons to visit THORWallet.

There are also plenty of smaller local CEXs who offer the RUNE token. For instance, Bitazza and Zipmex in Thailand and Singapore. In Indonesia, TokoCrypto offers RUNE.

How Does THORChain work?

THORChain works different compared to other cross-chain protocols. The most significant difference is that there’s no need to wrap assets before you swap them. This sets THORChain apart from other protocols.  It makes them unique. They use native tokens or assets. This gives autonomous and transparent swaps.

Here’s a sample of how a swap works on THORChain. For this sample, we swap BTC to ETH. So, BTC arrives at the THORChain network and goes to a RUNE/BTC pool. Here, BTC swap to RUNE. Now this RUNE goes to a RUNE/ETH pool. Here, the RUNE swaps to ETH. The swapper now receives ETH from a THORChain vault. As you can see, there’s no need to wrap anything. All swaps happen with native tokens.

There are four different users in the ecosystem.

  1. Swappers — They swap assets in liquidity pools.
  2. Liquidity providers — They earn rewards by adding liquidity to pools.
  3. Node operators — They bond RUNE and receive rewards for securing the network.
  4. Traders — There are arbitrageurs who watch and balance the pools. When they observe price differences between exchanges, they can make a profit. They regulate the prices naturally. As a result, THORChain doesn’t need oracles.

So, THORChain is the vault manager. As such, they keep an eye out on all deposits and withdrawals. To price assets, they use the pool ratios.

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