Once again, the difficulty bomb does not set the Merge’s date in stone. Beacon Chain builders and the shopper groups use the issue bomb to maintain them on observe. If they need to delay the bomb once more it’ll eat at time they could possibly be spending on the transition to proof-of-stake. However, if the bomb is about too distant it loses its utility of disincentivizing the proof-of-work chain. Thus, the projected date represents the most effective knowledge level we will use to estimate when the builders really feel they are going to be able to deploy the required code for the Merge.