Wow wow wow! Episode 10 was as good as it gets. We saw 2 advantages and an idol come off the board in a thrilling Tribal. What does Episode 11 have in store for us? Let’s dig in!
Note: Fun thing about this season is everyone playing is a former winner. With one winner winning literally 20 years ago! So everyone playing is really good at this game, making for, IMO, one of the best seasons to date.
Tribal Council- This is where players are voted out. Now that we have reached the merge, only the person who won the immunity challenge is safe from possible elimination.
Idol- An idol can be played at tribal council and will make the person immune from being voted out. All votes against that person (or the person the idol is played for) will no longer count. Most powerful tool in the game.
Fire Token- This is a new twist to the game and I personally love it. Tokens are essentially currency and can be used to “buy” certain advantages or luxuries in the game. It is a bit early on, but tokens are going to play a massive part of this season. The more a player has, the better for them.
Extinction Island- In this years season, when a player is voted out, they do not go home. Instead they go to “The Edge of Extinction” where they are given chances to earn Fire Tokens which will help them potentially win there way back in to the game. We have also seen multiple examples of someone here being able to “sell” a reward to a player currently in the game in return for a Fire Token.
With teams gone, let’s take a quick look at each player.
Sophie- Sophie survived the craziness of last week without having to utilize any of her weapons. Sophie has an immunity Idol and 2 fire tokens. Cash/GPP
Sarah- Sarah used her advantage last week. She has 1 fire token and was one of the players showcased in the preview for this weeks episode. Fade
Michele- Michele has a “Coin Flip Idol”. This is exactly as it sounds. A big coin which she can flip at Tribal Council, giving her a 50/50 shot at immunity. Cash/GPP
Jeremy- Jeremy finally had to use his advantage last week. He has 2 fire tokens. He has 1 individual immunity idol win and finished 2nd another week. He is a threat to win immunity weekly. Cash/GPP
Kim- Kim used her idol but misplayed it. She has 1 fire token. She does have 1 immunity win. GPP
Denise- 3 fire tokens. This gives her some level of power as like we saw with Michele, fire tokens can be flipped in to advantages. With all of the advantages off the board and only 1 idol and a coin flip idol out there, Denise gets a step up due to her 3 fire tokens and the potential for them to be flipped in to something with power. Cash/GPP
Tony- 3 fire tokens. Won last weeks immunity challenge. Cash/GPP
Ben- 1 fire token. Ben is known for his idol finding skills. Cash/GPP
Nick- Nick survives another week. Like Denise, he has 3 fire tokens, which puts him in a solid spot with multiple advantages coming off the board. He has been a consistent target for a few weeks now, so still some risk. GPP
Natalie and Boston Rob purchased Idols with their fire tokens in Episode 8 while Parvati found the coin flip idol which she sold to Michel for 4 Fire Tokens. I don’t anticipate we see anything from the Island outside of fire token challenges for a few more weeks. If you play anybody here (they are the players shown with black logo’s), you are just punting. Though understand there is very little upside here.
Once again, the Merge means only 1 player will win immunity. We are also seeing individual (or group) reward challenges. We saw 2 advantages and an idol come off the board last week. This means really only Sophie and Michele hold power and both will be popular. You can also take in to account physical ability if you believe they can win the challenge or not. As mentioned in the player breakdown, Jeremy, Kim & Tony have won the first 3 individual challenges. Typically we see individual immunity challenges be based on balance more so than strength (see Kim winning last week). That way it is an even playing field. Because of this, I am personally looking at players with advantages as my starting point. Good luck!
Note: There are other random scoring opurtunities like: Bequeathed a Fire Token, Cries on cameral, catches a fish, finds an idol, etc. But I think you are better off concentrating on the things above then worrying about little things that are random and nearly impossible to predict (not every player gets camera time each week, not every week do they show fish being caught, fire token all depends on who gets sent home, etc.).