Very few players actually enjoy playing a supporting role in League of Legends. Even fewer enjoy having to play as a support character more than once in a row. That’s why the developers have had to come out to explain more about the Autofill feature.
When it was first announced, it was described as a way to get rid of headaches.
Basically, Autofill will randomly assign players to certain roles. Essentially, the feature will randomly switch up each role for players. Thus, the headaches of convincing someone to play a support role is gone. Or so the League of Legends developers thought. Once announced, players were extremely confused about whether or not they’d be locked into a given role over the course of a number of games. Now, the developers have said that players who have been in a support role recently, won’t have to support twice in a row.
The more recently you auto-filled, the less likely you are to see it in the next few games.
In an Ask Riot post, the developers have clarified some tweaks made to the feature. The system is not entirely random. Here’s basically how it works: everyone has a number in the background that goes up slightly every time they don’t fill, and goes down when they do. When there’s a shortage of a position, the system compares all possible position assignments for all players in the queue, taking into account your secondary choice.
Describing why they instituted the changes, the developers said:
“When we introduced position select for everyone, we saw queue times spike dramatically as few players wanted to play support. Currently, around 70% of autofills are into support, and 30% all other positions combined. We’re trying to tackle this on the gameplay side first and foremost by making support more fun/rewarding to play.”
Most tweaks to the Autofill system since it was implemented are tweaks that only seem to lessen the need for its use. If you were recently Autofilled, you’re less likely to see it happen in the next game. If you play support, often you’re less liable to get Autofilled. Your first pick is heavily weighted, so just because you choose support second doesn’t mean that the feature will pass up your original choice.
The developers have also said that they are planning on trying to ensure that playing support is more enjoyable for players. In the Ask Riot post, they said:
“We’re trying to tackle this on the gameplay side first and foremost by making support more fun/rewarding to play. We’ve been adding things like item quests, more interesting active items, a large variety of support champs to play, end-of-game CC and vision scores, and we’re going to continue trying to improve.”
The developers also announced that with the new tweaks, dodging the lobby isn’t going to help with auto filling.
If players are lined of for it, then dodging doesn’t prevent you from getting it in the next game. Also, with some recent changes, you’ll now get your primary position in a vast majority of games. Over the past few weeks, players would have noticed this.
This means that players are more likely to get positions that they want. So, League of Legends players will actually be able to relax. However, there are still some minor tweaks that the developers will be working on over the next few weeks. This will take some time, though. After all, nothing worthwhile comes quick or easy. You can check out the full list of recent changes here.