When 1.10 came out, they reduced the number of servers running games to increase the bandwidth for WoW. Basically, they're ever so slightly strangling what's left of the D2 community, and every now and then you'll have to wait a bit during the most frequent playing hours. It was in the thousands years ago, so don't complain about seeing eighth.
Had a couple of waiting to create game me2, not that many players on so my guess would be a new public dupe method. The periodical lag on the servers is the same as back when the duping was totaly out of hand. DAMN, was planning on making a new necro, but he can't stay alive during the lagspikes.
Today there was a free Pwe on 2 ips in europe,many players did ip-hunting(including me),which lead to an tremendous increase of games/made per minute.I guess thats the reason why the waiting lines were back, but it could be the return of some bots aswell.