Each week during Survivor: Winners at War, RHAP blogger Matt Liguori will rank the players to determine who is playing the best and worst games, alongside Survivor: Edge of Extinction contestants Victoria Baamonde and Gavin Whitson.
Survivor: Winners at War Power Rankings – Episode 10
Tyson is one of the most naturally gifted Survivor players of all time and I’ll stand by that forever. Tyson’s friends and most natural allies were all voted out early, so neither of his vote-outs have been too surprising. This season hasn’t exactly gone his way, but he did win himself a second chance in the game, and ultimately got to vote out two more winners before returning to the Edge.
This week’s family visit was just as emotional for me as many others have been, if not more. I loved seeing all the players melt into their families’ arms. Both the in-game players and the EOE players had me in tears for the entire half hour.
I was lucky enough to be on this week’s episode of TWISH with Rob Cesternino and Jordan Kalish, so check that out for more of my thoughts on the loved ones visit and the whole episode!
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It was a great few weeks having Kim Spradlin floating around the top of these rankings, but sadly it seems we’ve come to the end of that dream. Kim is one of the best winners of all time and they would be stupid to let her get to the end. She tried her best with that idol play. But with Jeremy running from Tribal Council and Michele not even voting with them, the pieces were falling apart and Kim unfortunately guessed wrong. Time to go win some more kimmunity challenges.
Poor Jeremy, he has the biggest ranking drop I think I’ve done all season. He was going home without that advantage, and his excusing himself from tribal has only alienated him from his only alliance. Things don’t look good for Jeremy right now.
Jeremy did what he had to do in order to survive. I don’t blame the man at all, but I think he is going to have a rough week since he abandoned ship. This week will be one of those weeks where it’s crucial for someone to win immunity to have a shot of staying in the game, and I think that’ll be Jeremy this week. If he doesn’t win, this might be the end of the line.
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Denise continues to struggle finding a good spot in this merged tribe, but the one thing she does pretty well is survive. Surviving was her entire journey in her winning season and it’s now gotten her to the top 9 of this season. Denise is still not the biggest threat out there, especially surrounded by Kim and Jeremy. But Tony will not be forgetting about the hyenas, and Denise is probably the most threatening hyena remaining.
Kim said it herself, she doesn’t have many friends left in this tribe. She (understandably) wasted her idol and she’s on a sinking ship. Sarah has also made it clear that she wants Kim gone.
The King finally won an immunity and I have never been so proud. This was such a great episode for Tony 3.0, but based on the previews, I feel like we might see Game Changers Tony make a guest appearance this week.
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Sarah’s position within the game seems strong, especially after seeing that five come together in this episode. But it’s hard to ignore that group containing both Sarah and Nick, who seemed to be coming for each other only two weeks ago. Nick probably has Sarah’s entire game in his hands. With her vote-steal now gone, Sarah needs to hope Sophie and Tony can have her back all the way, because she’s clearly not making any bridges with the Kim, Denise, and Jeremy side.
Denise is still stuck on the bottom of the tribe, but she managed to have an idol played for her this week. Kim seemed like she was just trying to play the idol for whoever she thought was going home to preserve the alliance, but it does speak a bit to Denise’s social game. You wouldn’t get an idol played for you if you had no social game.
Kim played an idol this past week which is an easy excuse to vote her out now. “KiM FoUnD An IDoL SHeS A ThReaT” — those words will come out of someone’s mouth this week.
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Jeremy’s solid position in the tribe vanished very quickly this week. He’s always been a big threat, but he seemed safe with the Lions alliance of Ben, Tyson, and Tony. Now that that’s over, Jeremy’s got Kim, Denise, and Michele and they’ll need Nick to join their side if they want to make any kind of move. Only problem… both Jeremy and Kim have expressed numerous times their desire to see Nick gone.
I think Sophie made a mistake by announcing that the majority 5 needed to make a decision at tribal. Though it was already clear there was a line drawn, I think Sophie placed a larger target on her back… when she’s already started to be targeted due to her relationship with Sarah. She needs to play it cool for a bit.
Denise has managed to take the large target off her back after the Sandra vote, but as we start to dwindle down, there’s only so many places to hide. That move is going to catch up to her eventually.
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Every single time Michele is on the bottom, it’s STILL not her name who gets brought up to go home. Michele is the one who’ll always slip by and be a bigger threat, but it’s the Wendells, Adams, and Tysons who will always get voted out before her. Sure, Michele is more predictable than those guys, but she CAN beat you in a final 3 vote and neither Wendell nor Adam probably could have.
Even though Michele wasn’t in the power 5 circle, she somehow voted correctly for Tyson. Plus, her pal Nick is in the 5some. I think something happened there that we didn’t get to see, and Michele may be in a better situation than we think.
Michele either saved herself this week by voting for Tyson (showing she will work with the Sarah/Sophie alliance), or she screwed herself and everyone could decide to vote her out since at this exact moment she has no allegiances. Time will tell, but I believe she will join the numbers.
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Nick may actually come into a bit of a power position next week. He’s the clear 5/5 in that group that Sophie pulled aside at Tribal Council. But he’s still ride-or-die with Michele, who comes with Jeremy, Kim, and Denise. Nick can go either way next week if he plays his cards right.
Even though Sarah is being targeted as part of a power coupe with Sophie, Tony seems to have her back. As long as that keeps up, she should be good.
Ben has found himself on the side of the numbers; the deeper we get in this game, the more crucial that is for him. Ben played his first game as public enemy #1, so I think it’s great Ben can play with a little more help behind him this season.
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Ben continues to go with the flow, sticking by Sarah and Sophie. I still see Ben lasting a while. I guess we could see Nick, Kim, Denise, Michele, and Jeremy voting together and taking out Ben because Sarah and Sophie would never play an idol on him. But then again, how can anyone ever be sure Ben himself doesn’t have an idol of his own?
I’m a little bit confused how Nick worked his way into a majority alliance, especially working with Tony. According to Tony, Nick has fallen into the category of Hyena, but suddenly they’re running in the same circle. It seems like Nick’s positioned himself pretty well, especially having Michele on the other side.
I love seeing Nick get angry every time he doesn’t win immunity. The boy has an arm like Keith Nale. I think Nick is in a great position this week. He’s remaining under the radar, and if his name is thrown out by chance, I know he’ll be within earshot.
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Sophie slayed that round, didn’t she? If you had told me before the season that Sophie would be working with Sarah and Tony as her closest allies I can’t imagine I’d ever believe it. But it is her best option right now and it’s working well. Sophie remains the only person left in the game with a full-idol so even though we haven’t heard much from her in the past two weeks, I’m coming around to the idea that she’s in a better spot than I’ve been giving her credit for.
Ben seems safely in the majority alliance and hasn’t been on the chopping block pretty much at all.
I try not to think too much, so I’m not sure if Sarah actually needed to play her steal-a-vote. I’m thinking she didn’t… but don’t correct me if I’m wrong. Either way, I still think the Sarah/Sophie duo is very dangerous. Add Ben to the mix and you have a 2016 Miami Heat Big Three-esque alliance.
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There’s no stopping Tony Vlachos right now. He’s in the drivers seat each week and surrounded by two “sides” both of which need him to be on their side. Sarah, Sophie, and Ben aren’t cutting Tony any time soon; Kim, Denise, Jeremy, and Michele would sooner go after Sarah, Sophie, or Ben. Tony won his first individual immunity and he’s in my top ranked spot. This is crazy.
Congrats to the big man for winning his first immunity! He seems to be in a really solid position right now, shockingly, and his name still hasn’t been written down. Let’s see if this alliance can stick together or if it was more of a one-time voting block.
Even though Sophie had a couple votes thrown her way last week, she still came out on top. I don’t see her or Sarah going anywhere anytime soon. If anyone’s in control of the game, it’s this duo nobody ever saw coming.
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