Since the patch, I've noticed LFR queues getting very long - often about 40 mins as an EU dps. It feels longer than before the patch - where 20 mins seemed like a more common duration. Maybe I am just perceiving things incorrectly - are others experiencing this? I know it varies by time of day. But I used to think LFR was a fun way to earn VPs, but now the queues mean it would be much more time efficient to do daily heroics, daily scenarios or even daily quests.
If it's right, I wonder what's going on:
(a) Healer shortage seems more acute now - it's often prolonged periods showing 2/2 tanks 17/17 dps and X/6 healers where X is 4 or less. Maybe the healers have geared up and so running offspec? I know that for me now, there's nothing in LFR worth queuing in my main spec for and I haven't even raided significantly.
(b) Not showing the progression of the LFR may be prolonging queues: I used to take partial LFRs, knowing I'd get priority later for fresh runs but I know a lot of people routinely declined them (either they did not know about the priority on fresh runs inducement or just really hated partial runs, maybe fearing they were failing runs). That probably got me in faster pre-patch than sharing queue times with everyone post-patch.
(c) More people meeting the item level requirement for instances - I guess this should just lead to more LFR raids rather than longer queues, but maybe not if the extra people are disproportionately dps rather than healers. (I know at the start of LFR there seemed to be a disproportionately high amount of tanks queuing, as tanks can often gear up quick and are expected to.)