In How to know if teammates are in a premade squad or not?, we learned that it's not possible to directly determine whether your teammates are in a group together, and that some people on the Battle.net forums are displeased with this non-feature.

Why would anyone care? Is it desirable (or undesirable) to be paired with a group of players? Is it considered poor etiquette to form a group of three or four people and hit quick play (so that there are one or two odd people out)?

My friends and I usually play relatively casually, so we don't (for example) worry too much about strategically combining our heroes to make them more effective. It seems to me that our presence would have a minimal effect on a game otherwise composed of individual players.

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    So you can blame them for not being in team chat if you lose
    – Dallium
    Commented Jun 3, 2016 at 8:48
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    I think if you reworded this to be more about the benefits and negatives of being in a group vs playing individually it would be less opinion-based and would probably be reopened :).
    – Robotnik
    Commented Jun 3, 2016 at 12:37
  • @Robotnik stop stealing words out of my mouth please. I was just going to suggest that. :)
    – Dragonrage
    Commented Jun 3, 2016 at 14:58
  • @Dragonrage - haha, great minds think alike :)
    – Robotnik
    Commented Jun 3, 2016 at 15:05

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The reason you would care is because people who play as a group are more likely to have good synergy and teamwork, especially due to the fact that they are more likely to be using voice chat. While the game does indeed have in game voice chat, and as @DanmakuGrazer pointed out- that defaults to a private channel for groups, and very few people use in-game voice at all in my experience. They are much more likely to use something like teamspeak or curse voice as a group and coordinate strategies. I would consider is desirable to be paired with a group of players because of this, and I don't think it is poor etiquette to play as a group of people. If it were, the option probably wouldn't exist, and I personally prefer to play with my friends rather than random people. Though, if you do play as a group of 4 or 5, you may get accused of trying to pubstomp or tryharding.

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    Considering there is only one game mode, the term pubstomp is not really relevant yet. After all, what else should a group do?
    – F.P
    Commented Jun 3, 2016 at 5:46
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    @FlorianPeschka pubstomp: verb. When an organized team of friends/clan members plays against a team of "pubs" - random people who join a public server. I would say the term is perfectly relevant.
    – Dragonrage
    Commented Jun 3, 2016 at 5:50
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    Huh... I always associated the term specifically with competitive teams playing in a "non-MMR" match against "normal" people, be they a team or not. Okay then, learned something ;-)
    – F.P
    Commented Jun 3, 2016 at 5:57
  • Even if they're using the ingame VoIP, it still defaults to private channels for parties, so they won't be able to speak to the rest of the team if they haven't changed that setting in the options. Commented Jun 3, 2016 at 7:12
  • @DanmakuGrazer thanks for the info, ive never used in game chat as a group, we have our own teamspeak server :)
    – Dragonrage
    Commented Jun 3, 2016 at 7:16

The reason a lot of people care would be how matchmaking in most team based games works, it tries to match groups of players against teams that have other groups of players. So if you and your friends are a group of 4, it will try match you against another group of 4 and then fill in the extras.

Now from your side of things that seems fine, as it's a 4v4 team with some extras. Since you would both be equal in terms of communication and teamwork. Although imagine the reverse when you are one of the extra players, you are playing against a group of 4 with superior teamwork and communication while getting no benefits of a team yourself.

An example would be your group of 4 decide to ball up and roam together, player 5 has no idea what is happening as it hasn't been communicated to him, he goes off to do his own thing. He encounters the enemy team who have also decided to ball up and roam together, he dies.

I believe that may be why some people prefer the idea of a separate queue for solo play only, so they know no one has any extra teamwork advantage on them before going into a match.

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