Dota 2’s newest matchmaking feature ‘Fast Queue’

Say goodbye to long matchmaking, Dota 2 just added a new feature called, ‘Fast Queue’! Rejoice!

After the stricter requirements for Ranked Roles matchmaking, many users have started experiencing slow queue times. But Valve resolved this problem by introducing ‘Fast Queue’.

Before the restriction, waiting for pubs was much faster considering there were more people to draw upon. But according to Valve, this resulted in one or more players desiring the same role which we all have experienced by now. Talk about cancer teammates.

With Ranked Roles, Valve hoped to resolve the disarray of designating positions but came with a price of longer queue times.

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“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.”

So now, Valve officially announced this update on their website saying those who are part of the ‘Fast Queue’ pool will find their matches quickly.

“To address role imbalance more generally, today’s update introduces Fast Queue for Ranked matchmaking. In order to earn games for Fast Queue, you must elect to play with all roles selected. Playing with all roles selected will also automatically place you in Fast Queue for free.”

What to expect

When playing solo with all roles selected, expect to earn four more games for future use in the Fast Queue. For 5-mans, players can use Fast Queue by assigning specific roles for each player. While two-player parties earn 2 games each, three-player parties earn 1 game each. The best thing is you can earn and store up to 60 Fast Queue games.

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“Going forward, our immediate focus will be validating that Fast Queue is doing enough to improve health of the matchmaking pool, and tweaking as necessary. We’ll also be rolling out a small incremental update to the behavior and report system in the coming weeks. As always, please continue to give us feedback. We appreciate your patience thus far as we iterate on matchmaking.”

What do you think of Dota 2’s newest matchmaking feature, ‘fast queue’? Have you tried it out yet? And is it faster just like what Valve promised? Feel free to tell us your thoughts and questions down below!

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