TLDR at end.
So it’s kinda surprising how no one is talking about this.
(or did I miss a thread?)
Firstly, WHY would the button be removed? Is there a specific reason mentioned in the patch notes or something?
With all the op chat bugs going on rn, the play next button would’ve been the most convenient way to get invited to a party.
The thing is, (and this has happened to me 100% of the time) if you play one match while in a party, after the match is over, your direct messages won’t work. The only thing that works is the party chat. You can’t send messages to anyone nor receive messages from anyone except the party members.
So it’s like, suppose 3 of your friends are in a match, you see them playing 5v5, you realize there isn’t a play next button and decide to wait till they finish. You see the red dot next to their names in the friends list and stare at it for like 5 mins before it turns yellow.
Yay they finally finished the match. You send “hey invite me!! ^^” to one of them. No response.
You then realize that the chat is bugged, they are probably talking about the match that just happened, and they have no idea that you want to play, so they either go offline, or just queue into another game. And trust me, that is annoying AF.
Basically, any of this wouldn’t have happened if they had got a small little sign from you which said that you wanted to play with them.
Oh hey that’s what the play next button did.
@ThePinkOtter I did it.