Queue changes (Draft update + Ranked change)

https://i.imgur.com/S6Y3cSn.png Hi Summoners, ~~~ #Normal Draft **TL;DR** After two weeks the test has gone reasonably well. For the remainder of the test period we will be expanding the times and days Normal Draft is available. From 05/10/2017 until 19/10/2017 Normal Draft will be on EVERYDAY from 3pm to 1am AEDT. ~~~ I wanted to provide an update around how the test is going so far and what we are going to be doing for the remaining two weeks of the test. As we mentioned in the [original announcement](https://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/announcements/WEAy3U0l-normal-draft-test-coming-to-oceania) the test will run until the 19th of October (can’t believe we are halfway through already!). We have had Normal Draft enabled for 2 weeks now, Thursday to Sunday between 6pm and 11pm AEST/AEDT. What we have seen so far is that players have really been enjoying Draft when it is available and it is currently hovering around 17% of total normal games from a usage standpoint (when comparing the two queues while Draft is open). The first two weeks have shown us how it looks when it is in a conservatively windowed format and what we want to do for the remaining two weeks is try an aggressive windowed test. We will be expanding the days and times it is available to see what kind of impact this has on the queue (and other queues). ##**So from 05/10/2017 until 19/10/2017 Normal Draft will be on EVERYDAY from 3pm to 1am AEDT**. While this is an aggressive change, we wanted to take the opportunity of this test period to see how it goes. I want to be clear that this does not guarantee that Draft will stay available in the same state after the test is over. -Note remember to lock in your picks and bans in Draft! ~~~ #Ranked changes We also have some changes to Ranked queue times. It’s been awhile since we reviewed the state of our Ranked queues. ##**We have made Solo/Duo queue available 24/7 and adjusted the Flex queue disabled times to be between 5am - 8am each day effective immediately.**## **Solo queue context**: After reviewing the long-term experience in the queue, we now feel comfortable that turning on Solo/Duo queue 24/7 will not have a negative impact on the health of the Solo/Duo queue or any other queue. **Flex queue context**: Until now, we’ve had disabled times for both Solo/Duo and Flex. When we originally set these disable times, we didn’t want to have both ranked queues unavailable at the same time. This meant that we spread the disable time evenly across both modes during the quietest time of the day (4 AM - 10 AM AEST). Given that we’ve been able to confirm that having Solo/Duo on 24/7 should not cause any issues - and long term data around when and how players take part in Flex Queue, we’re comfortable with not changing the number of hours Flex Queue is available. Instead, our plan is moving it’s disable time to cover the 3 least active hours of the day (5AM-8AM) If we do begin to see any major queue time or matchmaking concerns for either Solo/Duo or Flex, such as degraded quality of games outside of the quieter hours, then we’ll revisit this decision and adjust again if necessary. If you want full info about when which queues are on check out the [Queue Schedule post](https://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/announcements/wgM0WBsO-queue-schedule-updated-feb-8th). Once again keep sharing your feedback and showing us your favourite queue by playing it. Thank you for your continued support and good luck on the Rift!
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