Every cycle 4,000 reward slots are available for Stackers. The minimum required for one reward slots can change from cycle to cycle — if an additional 40 million STX are added to Stacking, the minimum will increase by 10,000 STX. As a result, you could end up with less reward slots if the minimum increases in the future.
Imagine the current minimum is 80K and increases to 90K. Here's how it would impact your rewards:
- If you Stacked 80K, you'd lose 100% of your reward slots.
- If you Stacked 160K, you'd lose 50% of your reward slots
- If you Stacked 400K, you'd lose 20% of your reward slots
- If you Stacked 8M, you'd lose 12% of your reward slots
The decrease in rewards stems from the fact that the minimum for each
reward slots must be met in full. For example, say that like above, you’re Stacking 160K. With a minimum at 80k, you’re receiving payment from 2 reward slots. If the minimum rises to 90k, you’re now only covering the minimum for one
of the reward slots because 2 slots now requires 180k. In this scenario, the 70k that’s left over after the 90k is spent on one reward slot, is not earning a yield and thus reducing your payout. If you find yourself in this situation, there is a way to add to the total you’re Stacking
, however it requires a large number of STX.
As you can see, the impact of an increase in the minimum will have less effect the more you’re Stacking. Pools are also impacted by the dynamic minimum, but they’ll often Stack much more than an individual. That’s why it’s recommended to Stack in a pool if your balance is at or near the minimum, this way you won’t have to worry about the minimums or any of these calculations.