Mad Lads is a new collection of PFP (profile picture) NFTs that may initially seem similar to others released in recent years. The collection consists of 10,000 NFTs that were sold for 6.9 SOL each starting on April 20, 2023.
The collection features a range of illustrated human or humanoid PFPs, each with unique clothing, weapons, accessories, and special biological attributes that depict celestial, robotic, and undead characters. Despite being a new PFP NFT collection, Mad Lads has gained attention for its distinct drop and token mechanics.
Furthermore, Mad Lads has also made history for the company behind it, and it has quickly become a potential new popular collection.
What Makes MadLads Unique?
Apart from the potential benefits that xNFTs could bring to the Solana NFT ecosystem, Mad Lads has gained significant attention for the way the project developers handled the primary sale. During the initial April 20 drop, bots overwhelmed the system, resulting in a 24-hour delay. The team relaunched the sale the following day, overcoming extortion threats and DDOS attacks.
We're experiencing a massive DDOS attack.— Mad Lads (@MadLadsNFT) April 20, 2023
Mint is pushed back one hour while we mitigate ⚔️
To prevent bots from interfering with the sale, Backpack's developers made two separate minting portals during the April 21 re-launch. Legitimate users were directed to the actual minting page, while those attempting to manipulate the code were sent to a "honeypot," which acted as a distraction to trick attackers into spending their mint price on a fake contract that accumulated around $250,000 worth of SOL. This effectively prevented bad actors from accessing the true public NFT and generated excitement among legitimate users.
Once the sale was completed, the team returned all the funds from the honeypot to those who were affected. Overall, the way the Mad Lads team handled the sale has contributed to its near-iconic status within the NFT community.
- Information gathered from Langston Thomas via NFTNow