We know that queue times have increased across the board recently, and the most significant factor contributing to this has been the stricter requirements that Ranked Roles imposes on the formation of matches. Prior to the introduction of Ranked Roles, the matchmaker had a wider pool of people to draw upon because of the few restrictions. In the past, when one or more players desired the same role, this conflict was resolved during the game itself, often with unpleasant results. This conflict is now resolved at queue time, but a price of this is that the matchmaker is often starved for players in the least-queued roles. The matchmaker must wait for players in the desired roles to enter the queue, or form sub-optimal matches with the players currently in queue to satisfy all role requirements. Usually the role most in demand by the matchmaker is Hard Support, but this is not always the case, and historically this has varied based on time of day, skill bracket, region, etc.
General Discussion - Picking roles before matchmaking. - DOTABUFF - Dota 2 Stats
Wouldn't it be a nice idea to be able to select your preferred role s before you begin matchmaking? For example I could select safe lane carry off lane carry and roaming sup so that matchmaking automatically sets you up with a mid and the rest off the roles. I don't mind supporting if no one else will but unfortunately not everyone thinks the same way about this.. Maybe this works in LoL lol but dota is far mor complex, you couldnt punish people picking or playing something else. The problem that would be avoided with this are those games where you have 2 mid only players or have a team where non of the players are willing to support. Also if I for example am practicing a certain hero in a specific lane you could still play it when you wanted to instead of having to pick another role simply because the team needs it. I'm a support player, but If i actually tryhard want to improve my mmr I have to pick a core or my winrate will be
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The new Ranked season is here. The changes in this update will be rolled out gradually over the next two days as we iron out bugs. The calibration part of the new season will begin this Thursday.