The Merge will mark Ethereum's transition to proof-of-stake consensus algorithm and supposedly most important event of the cryptocurrency industry in 2022.
The Merge is set on a date February 19th, but it looks like it could come sooner than expected.
Core developers like Terence Tsao, co-founder of Prysmatic Labs, and Tim Beiko, have agreed that The Merge can take place when Total Terminal Difficulty (TTD) reaches 58750000000000000000000.
This can happen as soon as May 15.
Tentative Mainnet TTD
Note: nothing is final until it's in client release, so do expect changes last minute due to unforeseen circumstances https://t.co/PQ0YOKpk1u
— terence.eth 🦇🔊 (@terencechain) August 11
Meanwhile, yesterday, Goerli – the testnet has finally successfully converted the proof of stake.
This brings the project closer to the long-awaited mainnet upgrade, which may happen a little earlier than expected.