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Earlier yesterday (November 6th), Valve released a patch for the Dota 2 client which tweaked the way the matchmaking algorithm works with players queueing as supports. Valve has stated that:
Solo players or parties who queue for both Support and Hard Support will join the Fast Queue but not earn extra Fast Queue games.
Basically, this means that if players decide to queue for both the Hard Support / Soft Support roles in Ranked Matchmaking, they will be placed in the Fast Queue which will significantly boost queue times. So the queue time for Support Players is expected to go down significantly once again, while Core-only players are expected to wait for a longer time.
The patch files also show that an all-new indicator for ‘High Demand Roles’ is expected to be added to the game shortly.
In early August, Valve changed the matchmaking system in Dota 2. After the update, many players began to complain about the long search for matches. Since then, Valve has made multiple tweaks to this algorithm, but the situation is still far from perfect. Recently, the developer added a queue with a new feature called Fast Queue.