Polycub Data On Inflation, Supply And Total Value Locked

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Polycub launched on March 5th and we have seen a lot of big moves in the first days.

The platform itself has some interesting mechanics in place and some more to come in the next period. A defi 2.0 protocol as they call it 😊. Let’s take a look at the data for these first days.

Here we will be looking at:

  • Inflation
  • Supply
  • Individual pools liquidity
  • pLEO
  • Price

The high APR at start is what everyone looks at and is excited. Those usually come from high initial inflation of the token. The thing is Polycub is designed with a lot of inflation going at first and then cutting that down by a lot. Some other mechanics are also put in place like penalty for early claim on rewards that are going the xPOLYCUB staking pool. Bonding and protocol controlled value PoL are yet to come. For those unfamiliar with bonding in defi it is basically selling POLYCUB at premium, lower than the market price, but giving out those tokens to buyers in a days or weeks.

The total value locked TVL is also one of the keys metrics for a defi platform.


There is an initial od 1.3M tokens reserved as follows:

  • 1,000,000 airdrop to CUB holder over a period of 60 days (16.6k per day)
  • 200,000 dev fund locked for six months (1111 daily)
  • 100,000 initial seed liquidity

The regular inflation is set as follows:

  • Week 1 – 5 tokens per bock (approx. 192k tokens daily)
  • Week 2 – 4 tokens per bock (approx. 154k tokens daily)
  • Week 3 – 3 tokens per bock (approx. 115k tokens daily)
  • Week 4 – 2 tokens per bock (approx. 77k tokens daily)
  • Month 2 – 1 tokens per bock (approx. 38k tokens daily)
  • Month 3 – 0.5 tokens per bock (approx. 19k tokens daily)
  • Month 4 – 0.25 tokens per bock (approx. 9k tokens daily)
  • Month 5 – 0.125 tokens per bock (approx. 4.8k tokens daily)
  • Month 6 – 0.0625 tokens per bock (approx. 2.4k tokens daily)

The data for the daily number of blocks is applied as 38500, taken as an average from for the last few months.

I’m not totally sure will the halvening continue after the first six months or it will stops at 2.4k tokens daily. Here I have continued with the halvening for the first year.

When we take into account the above, we get this.

The inflation per day drops fast! In the first week there is around 210k tokens cumulative issued daily including the yield and airdrops. The airdrop for CUB holders is finishing at the end of April and at the same time we have another halvening then. Starting from May we will have only 20k daily tokens issued down from the starting 200k, or a 10x reduced inflation.

When we plot the supply chart, based on the inflation above we get this.

We can see the steep increase in the supply in the first months and then flattening out.

  • 60% of the supply will be minted in the first month
  • 80% in the first two months

This distribution tries to mimic the Bitcoin mining but in a turbocharged way with halvening happening on a monthly basis instead of four years.
This aggressive reduction in the supply has its pro and cons. The pros are obviously a non inflationary asset that incentives long term hodl, while the con would be a reduction in the APR’s. The thing with Polycub is that it is a yield aggregator so it doesn’t depend solely on its inflation but it stands on top of other protocols inflation, so there will always be some APR. The other mechanics for a long term sustainability will be the protocol owned value and the bonding. This is yet to come and we will see how it goes.

Tokens Allocation

After the first year the tokens allocation share will looks like this.

We can see that the dominat share of the tokens 82% will come from the yield inflation. Next is the airdrop to cub holders with 14% and then the dev fund and the seed liquidity with cumulative 4% share.

Total Value Locked TVL

This is another important metric for the platform. Here how is the TVL distributed in the different pools.

Note this numbers are at the moment of writing this, they can change fast. A total of eight pools.

The stablecoin pool is on the top here with 1.7M deposited there. Next is the the BTC-ETH pools and then all the other pools with a similar liquidity in the range of 700k to 900k.

The two POLYCUB pools cumulative have around 500k in liquidity with 250k in each.
The xPOLYCUB is high in the ranks with around 800k value at the moment and the ratio of xPC/PC is close to eight.

Cumulative, with all the farms, kingdoms and the xPOLYCUB there is a total of 6M TVL in the Polycub platform. Now if we compare this with the launch of CUB on BSC, the TVL there surpassed 10M in the first week. The thing is there was a lot of momentum in new defi apps then, as it was the hot new thing at the moment. Also, the overall crypto market was on a first leg of its bull run.
After a year CUB is still around, although a lot other defi apps are long gone. The overall crypto market is now in a three-month semi bear mode. Polygon is a smaller platform than BSC, but yet the app managed to gain more then 5M in TVL.

Overall, it has been a success, but it remains to be seen how will things develop in the following months. The first two months will distribute most of the token and the APRs will be lower afterwards. Then it remains to be seen how the overall tokenomics will work.


At the end the price with data from dextools.

An immense increase in the first day from $1 to $6 and a slow drop back to $1 where it is now.
There was some short lived floor around the $4, but then it broke and kept falling to $1. This is somewhere to be expected, as the initial inflation is huge. As comparison the CUB starting inflation was 86k tokens per day, while POLYCUB is 210k. The thing is this will change fast, and the PC inflation will reduce a lot. It remains to be seen where things will be after few months from now.

All the best @dalz

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