Not to be outdone by Survivor, The Challenge brought us a fire episode of their own. (Spoiler Alert) Challenge LEGEND CT was eliminated by, ironically, rookie and former Survivor player, Jay. CT took advantage of the ability to throw himself in Purgatory as a member of the Tribunal, thinking he had a layout against the much smaller Jay. But Jay once again showed that he is a legit competitor, upsetting CT and sending the legend home.
As a reminder, the winners of the weekly challenge form the Tribunal and in a twist this year, they have the option to throw themselves in. This is huge because this years massive change is the fact that you can not make the finals unless you have won a purgatory elimination. So what this means is, the motivation to win the weekly challenges and make the Tribunal is HUGE. If you win, you can give yourself a chance to win a Purgatory against a potentially weaker opponent, or you can help a friend get their shot, which is what we saw week 2 when Dee made a massive mistake and gave Jenny the layup of the season.
Note: Before we dig in to this weeks episode, here is a look at the basics to the challenge.
For those new to The Challenge, first off, you are missing out! The Challenge is wildly entertaining. Featuring incredibly physical challenges, a house (amazing bunker this year!) full of pretty much crazy people, drama galore and just overall a great watch.
The Challenge concept is pretty simple. Each week contestants compete in a physical or mental challenge. Winner or winners (we saw a guy and girl winner weeks 1 &3 and a 3 player team in week 2) are safe from elimination. Depending on the format of the challenge, a 3rd member of the Tribunal is chosen. The Tribunal decides who will go to “Purgatory”. Purgatory is where an elimination contests takes place. Unlike Survivor, where you are voted out, on The Challenge you get a chance to compete head to head with someone with the winner staying and the loser going home.
The 2nd player who competes in Purgatory is decided on by a group vote. Historically we see rookies get voted in the first few and then alliances take form and dictate eliminations moving forward. But this season, you can’t make the finals without WINNING a Purgatory elimination. This is a HUGE change to the game that changes the core fundamentals of the game itself (in a good way IMO). Guys like Johnny Bananas and Wes have dominated seasons with their social game. Managing to avoid eliminations all season by the alliances they create. The days of skating to the finals are gone.
Now that we know the core concept, let’s take a look at some targets.
Notes: Last week was a men’s elimination. Tonight should be a woman’s elimination, making them more valuable.
Week 1- Jenny & Rogan
week 2- Cory, Swagy C & Dee
Week 3- Bayleigh & CT
Red Skull Winners (Purgatory wins)
Week 1- Jay
Week 2- Jenny
Week 3- Jay
Top Tier: Johnny Bananas, Jordan, Rogan, Tori, Jenny, Dee, Mattie.
We continue to target the Vets who have proven to be strong physical threats and have a history of not only winning challenges, but winning eliminations. Look for the Vets to do everything they can to get in these early Purgatory challenges against rookies. The motivation to not only win the challenge and make the Tribunal but also potentially throw yourself in to Purgatory has never been higher. Jenny and Dee both have won a challenge and have formed an alliance. Don’t sleep on Mattie who is very cheap for her physical attributes.
2nd Tier: Wes, Bear, Cory, Fessy, Ashley M, Jenny.
We continue to target the Vets as they are going to continue to run the game, even with the new format. Fessy is the one rookie I have listed simply because he is a monster.
Good luck everyone!