A16z Crypto's hyped 'orange ball' launch revealed to be big meh

Quick Take

  • After building buzz with tweets of a mysterious orange ball, a16z Crypto unveiled a Layer 2 solution called Magi that “feeds new blocks to the execution client in order to advance the chain.”
  • No orange balls in sight. 

After spending a day building hype with a series of cryptic tweets including images of orange balls, A16z Crypto just revealed what all the fuss was about: a new Layer 2 rollup client called Magi. 

The venture capital giant's client software is being built on the OP Stack, a software stack to create a blockchain dApp ecosystem around the Optimism Layer 2 network, according to a blog post announcing the launch.

Magi is a new rollup client developed in Rust to increase client diversity and improve the OP Stack ecosystem. It is in its early stages and needs further development before being a feasible alternative to existing clients. Future plans for Magi include improving latency, sync speed and testing frameworks, according to the firm.

A client refers to a software application that allows users to interact with a blockchain network, validating transactions and maintaining a local copy of the network. Having multiple clients or client diversity is important for a blockchain network so it has no single point of failure.

"Magi acts as the consensus client (often called a rollup client in the context of the OP Stack) in the traditional execution/consensus split of Ethereum — it feeds new blocks to the execution client in order to advance the chain. Magi performs the same core functionality as the reference implementation (op-node) and works alongside an execution node (such as op-gETH) to sync to any OP Stack chain, including Optimism and Base," the firm wrote in the blog post.


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