The pacts are the big feature of WoW Shadowlands. At the beginning of the expansion you have to choose one of them and live with the consequences. Well, not quite, because you can also switch pacts with relatively little effort. However, if you want to return to a pact you've been with and left, you're in for some work. With patch 9.1, however, the matter is now made easier for you.

Blizzard is removing the status of cheater from all players. So returning to an original pact is now no more work than joining a new pact. In fact, it's less work because your Fame levels, Sanctum build, and followers are not lost, but are available to you just as they were when you left that pact.

This is Blizzard's way of making it easier for players who may feel compelled to switch pacts thanks to the new balancing to do just that. Storywise, the whole thing is justified by the fact that the pacts are currently joining forces to face the dungeon master, putting internal disputes - including those with cheaters - to rest for a short time.
But beware: this effect is unique. If you leave your pact in patch 9.1, you will be branded as a cheater again. And besides, the simplification is not yet active, but should hit the live server in the next few days.


When you leave a Covenant, they assign betrayer status to you. Returning to that Covenant is possible, but you have to take extra steps to regain their full trust.

Nonetheless, the Covenants are now coming together to fight a great threat, and there's an upcoming new season, and they're temporarily feeling more compatible with those who previously left their sanctums.

Considering all of the recent balance changes and new rewards like Covenant mounts, we're creating a hotfix that will reset the betrayer status for all players who previously left any Covenants. This will be one-time renovation to your relationship with your old Covenant intended to make it easier for you to return and pick back up where you left off with them.

We expect the hotfix to go live in the next couple of days.

WoW Patch 9.1: The launch trailer for Chains of Domination is here (German) World of Warcraft from€14.99


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