The highly anticipated Ethereum (ETH) merger is just around the corner. The developers have decided to shift their focus to keeping just two testnets after the shift to proof-of-stake.

The test nets that have been labeled ‘suitable’ for the merger are Goerli and Sepolia. The client developers have also decided to discontinue other testnets in order to stay focused on just the two testnets mentioned in the long run.

The merger is expected to take place around the third quarter of this year. According to the Ethereum Foundation, the Gray Glacier Upgrade for block 15,050,000 is expected to happen at the end of June 2022.

The blockchain recently launched the merger on the Sepolia testnet, following a successful Ropsten launch earlier this year.

These test nets will not survive the merger

The foundation has made it clear in its latest blog that it will abolish the other test nets, except for Goerli and Sepolia.

Therefore, Kiln, Rinkeby and Ropsten will no longer operate as test networks after the merger.

Oven is expected to be the first to be abolished. It will be discontinued shortly after the transition from Ethereum’s mainnet to proof-of-stake in the second half of 2022.

After Kiln, Rinkeby, which went through the merger on June 8, 2022, will close in the fourth quarter of this year.

The Ethereum Foundation has suggested the developers currently using the testnet to migrate to Goerli or Sepolia.

However, the third testnet Ropsten will not run in the merger at all and will be replaced by Sepolia.

It is expected to close in the second or third quarter of next year, a year after Sepolia completed its transition to proof-of-stake.

Developer maintenance after merge

After the successful upgrade of the Ethereum blockchain, the client developers will be responsible for the maintenance of the Goerli and Sepolia testnets.

Goerli will be merged with Prater Beacon Chain testnet. The chain remains open to users who want to use the testnet validator.

While a new Beacon chain has been created for the transition from Sepolia to proof-at-stake. This chain will operate in a manner similar to the other test nets operating today. It can only be operated with the permission of a validated set.

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