"Currently, around 70% of
Queue times were a major factor in constructing the autofill system. It's a nice thought to imagine that someone would bite the bullet and play their second or third favorite role to help out the team, but it didn't quite work out that way, and queue times soared when Riot Games tried out older systems such as vetoing positions you didn't want and the labels that showed how long it'd take to wait for each role.
The protections that prevent you from getting
- The more recently you
autofilled, the less likely you are to see it in the next few games
- Playing support or filling dramatically lessens your chance of being
autofilled, even after protection wears off
- Putting support as a secondary choice no longer heavily
- The likelihood of getting your primary position is much better now
- Dodging a lobby does not reduce the chance of you being
Draggles went on to explain that autofill is determined by a background number that goes up every game you don't autofill and goes down when you do. That number helps the system determine who to autofill, but if you play support, that number can also go down, a workaround that can greatly help you plan ahead.
"If you really want to grind out a bunch of mid games on Saturday, maybe play a couple support games on Friday to lower your fill chance," Draggles explained. "Doing this also lightens the load on every other player on the server, meaning autofill rates go marginally down for everyone when you pick one of these positions."
Unfortunately, remakes still currently use up the autofill protection from being filled or playing support recently, but that isn't something that they're currently looking at closely.