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The Rules: Each week our two combatants will create separate power rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the players will earn. For example, if Ryan is voted out this episode, Aubry will receive four points and Gordon will receive seven points. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.
Last Week: Aubry had Patrick in spot 14. Gordon had him in spot 13. The current score is Team Aubry 28, Team Gordon 24.
Quick Note: Rankings are not based on who the player thinks is most likely to win. The smart strategy is to rank the contestants based on who is the most likely to be voted out in the next episode.
Aubry’s Score = 28
Any questions for Aubry? Drop her a line on Twitter: @aubrybracco
Gordon’s Score = 24
Any questions for Gordon? Drop him a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes
|1. Devon: Woo, woo — heir to Cagayan number two coming through! Devon’s not being noticed as a strategic threat, but he’s the man behind the curtain — that’s the sweet spot one week in. Keep it up, Devon!||1. Ben: OK, my general rule for tribe swaps is this; anyone who is a challenge threat who is now in danger of being down in the numbers on their new tribes is in danger. I’m talking about your Devons, your Alans, and your JPs. Not your Bens.|
|2. Ben: Ben’s cruising along, and people like Ashley are approaching him to talk game. He’s a natural leader in the group, and people seem comfortable with him there — all signs point to a deep run.||2. Chrissy: I’m putting you in the same boat as Ben. You’ll be fine even if you don’t end up on the same tribe. Nobody really has a reason to target you.|
|3. Chrissy: Chrissy’s metaphorically found her camo garb of choice, and his name is Ben. Anyone with an ability to turn their game around from “too visible in a bad way” to undercover in mere days has the chops to go deep.||3. Ali: You had a tough call to make last week between Lauren and Patrick. In the end, I feel like Lauren is more goaty (not a word) and Patrick was more annoy-future-alliance-membersy (also not a word). Good call.|
|4. Ryan: From wearing Simone’s boots to having everyone in stitches at Tribal — Ryan has this tribe jester thing down to a “T.” Keep them laughing, and they won’t see when you morph from lovable jokester to Pennywise in a half second flat.||4. Desi: Cole clearly trusted you enough to bring you on board. That speaks well of your social game. Hopefully we’ll get to see more of it after the swap.|
|5. Roark: I’m loving what Roark’s doing. She might be lying low, but she’s proving to be reliable and mentally stable. On “Survivor,” sanity is a trait that, like cold water, you don’t realize how much it means to you until you’re trapped with a bunch of lunatics on a hot beach.||5. Roark: See Desi. But, so you don’t think I’m totally slacking, here are two reasons why ranking swaps totally sucks; I have to redo the colored text in the images, we have NOTHING to go on, and we actually have to learn the tribe names.|
|6. Alan: Alan’s beginning to be predictably chaotic, also a valuable commodity on “Survivor” when the players around you are good enough to spot its potential uses. This guy is locked in place for awhile until he stirs trouble with the wrong person or completely loses it trying to open a coconut.||6. Joe: I’m thinking the swap will delay your tribe’s plans of sending you home. In fact, if I’m Roark and we’re on a tribe alone, I probably let you know what I know and use it to form a bond.|
|7. Ali: Ali’s in the middle of the pack at the center of all the strategy. My only concern is with only four left on her tribe, there’s nowhere to hide. Sometimes, the guy in middle of the road gets run over!||7. Ryan: The two people who should’ve been concerned that you were running the show are now enjoying some cold Vonus at Ponderosa. Either way, you should hang back a bit after the swap.|
|8. Desi: Like Roark, Desi has her head down on her shoulders and isn’t making waves yet. That’s the place to to be.||8. Lauren: Nobody needs the swap more than Lauren. She would be going home if the Hustlers had lost a third immunity challenge. Hopefully for her, there will be bigger fish to fry on her new tribe.|
|9. Jessica: Jessica’s flying high with her love goggles, and she has a direct line to some key information on the whereabouts of the idol. The issue? Her informant can’t quite keep it zipped. Proceed with caution!||9. Mike: Mike is the perfect example of someone who kept his cool and let the game work itself out. He got himself in trouble early, but by hanging back, the whole Cole vs. Joe thing exploded. Something always happens, you just need time.|
|10. Cole: He’s a physical threat, attractive as all get-out, about to be in a showmance and giving away information too soon. Cole’s perfect on paper, but he may be too much of a Survivor to last much longer on it, especially if tribes are already gunning at physical threats like Patrick.||10. Devon: Maybe you’ll end up with your Hustlers buddies…maybe you’ll be on a tribe with bigger challenge threats…maybe how well you played the first three episodes won’t matter…|
|11. Mike: Dr. Mike isn’t making too much noise, which is a good thing. With the Young Bucks alliance brewing on the Healers tribe, though, he’s got to make sure he’s full stream, oops, I mean full STEAM ahead on making those imperative social connections.||11. Cole: You told three people about Joe’s idol. The odds are the word is going to get back to him. Now, he might not be able to do anything about it if you’re on different tribes. But, look out if you two draw similar buffs.|
|12. Lauren: When you’re on the outs, but you’re different than the other person on the bottom, you’ve got the opportunity to show people why you’re different. Now that she’s had the opportunity to show she’s a more viable option than Patrick, Lauren has an opportunity — now she just needs to find a way to work her way in.||12. Jessica: Word spreads quickly after a swap, and if someone wants to target you, you haven’t been subtle about your feelings for Cole.|
|13. JP: JP’s passivity could prove to help him if he’s not seen as a threat. Unfortunately, with a guy who’s built like the Culpepper challenge beast 2.0 it will be hard to downplay that athletic body that Ashley is drooling over.||13. Alan: I sound like a broken record, “Challenge threats are never safe after a swap!” Annnd…if JP and Ashley can get a foothold somewhere, they can point out how you freaked out at them.|
|14. Joe: Nothing’s going well for Joe with the Curse of Tony still in full-throttle. In addition to giving away information on the idol too soon, now he’s irritating people while they eat. If there’s one tip I would give any future player — NEVER mess with a Survivor’s food, or your butt will be out the door.||14. JP: You’re on the outs with the majority of your current tribe and your new tribe is not going to have trouble targeting you if they lose immunity. Better start catching those lobsters.|
|15. Ashley: Ashley is blinded by unrequited love, in Alan’s sight at all times and already has Ben calling her a threat all in the first week? That’s a recipe for disaster.||15. Ashley: If I’m Ben, Alan, or Chrissy and I need to throw the target on somebody’s back, I’m going to point out how Ashley is in a Power Couple with JP. Even if it isn’t true.|