“Survivor: Edge of Extinction” Power Rankings Round 2: “When I Was a Young Wardog” Edition

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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 Joe is voted out this episode, Gabby will receive thirteen points and Gordon will receive six points. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Edge of Extinction” Power Rankings Challenge Champion!

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Last Week: Gabby had Keith in spot sixteen, while Gordon had him in spot eleven. So, that makes the current score Team Gabby 16, Team Gordon 11.

Quick Note: Rankings are not based on who the player thinks is most likely to win. The smart strategy is to rank players based on how safe you think they are in the upcoming vote.

Gabby’s Score: 16

Any questions for Gabby? Drop her a line on Twitter: @gabbypascuzzi

Gordon’s Score: 11

Any questions for Gordon? Drop him a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

1. Ron: Ron is a gift to GIFs. Even though I’m on Aubry’s side of disliking corny summer camp activities, I hope Ron continues to run Camp Kama and come up with a new dance every episode. I don’t understand how the man has so much energy; could be that he has a safety net in the form of his advantage, which expires this week. 1. Ron: So…what do you do with an unused advantage? Tuck it into your pocket for a potential final three speech? (“I didn’t even need this!”) Find a way to convince a rival that it’s still valid? I dunno, but you’re safe once again.
2. Lauren: In last week’s rankings, I said Lauren was less likely to find an idol than Kelley. I’ve never been happier to be wrong! I love that after my season’s meta conversations about women finding idols (which this cast hadn’t seen before they left to play), the dialogue continues and the statistics improve. Better yet, a new player finds the idol over her idol-finding idol. 2. Lauren: Ron’s getting all the love for his choreography last week, but your victory dance was downright adorbs. Burying the idol in the sand does make me nervous though.
3. Gavin: How many pieces of pineapple clothing can one man own? The matching shirt and underwear combo has me hoping the contestants get their swimsuits this season. Besides the garish fashion choices, Gavin hasn’t done anything offensive and should be safe. 3. Julia: So, if Kama ever goes to Tribal (and that’s a big if at this point), are we looking at newbs vs. returnees? Is Aurora with Team Jaubrey? (Wait, I like “Aubroe” better. I’d also accept “Aubrmazing.”) Either way, there’s no reason to target Julia.
4. Victoria: Like I predicted, Victoria is not star struck by the returnees. Instead, she’s being a star student and comparing notes with Julia about what Aubry has said around camp. It’s smart to read Aubry’s social game as not much more than clichés; I’d be skeptical, too. 4. Gavin: You’ve been given a lot of airtime…for not-so-specific reasons. I’m not an edit reader, but that’s got to mean something, right?
5. Julia: Poor Julia can’t even get a word out to tell Jeff that her tribe wants the fishing gear over spices without Victoria speaking up first. If I extrapolate from the little we’ve seen of Julia, she’s got a few relationships and is staying sufficiently suspicious of Aubry, which means she’s likely not in danger any time soon. 5. Rick: I love the Rick/David combo. It makes perfect sense for the two of them to sit back with their ears open. They aren’t committing to anything, they aren’t throwing any names out. They’re just letting the drama happen.
6. Julie: Was there something in the Fiji water last summer that woke the women up and made us realize we can no longer sit around passively while the men search for idols? I’m so happy Julie brought this up, but I wanted her to ditch the palm fronds and search as aggressively as the shameless men! I’m hoping that was foreshadowing and she leads a group of women to hunt down (or gather) that Kama idol. 6. Joe: I remember the first time I met Joseph Amazing. A fresh faced kid on a beach in Nicaragua. I didn’t realize I was sharing the sand with an unbeatable challenge force. I don’t think he needs to win every challenge this time. Just the ones after a merge or a swap. Since, that’s probably not happening on Wednesday, he’s probably good for a bit.
7. Aurora: She’s a beast in the challenges, and whether Kama is excelling due to their high morale or a certain returning player is a moot point so long as they keep winning. I still want to see who she ends up teaming up with. 7. Wardog: Am I the only one that’s digging the Wardog?! He talked Chris out of his plan to boot Kelley using sound logic. And now, he has the fact that Chris targeted Kelley in his back pocket.
8. Eric: Eric stands out as a player who will lead the charge to oust a returnee. That can go one of two ways: my winner pick wins, or my winner pick draws attention to himself and gets himself voted out. Sorry in advance for cursing you. 8. Aurora: In this week’s preview, Aubry and Joe know they’re in trouble and…Aurora is by their side. Looks like she’ll be somewhat in the driver’s seat if Kama (Kama! Kama!) ever loses immunity.
9. Chris: I like where Chris’ head went when he considered keeping Keith because of his loyalty, and I’m sure it was a hard decision to make. I think ultimately he made the right one, as it’s too early to stick your neck out for someone when you have plenty of other options. 9. Eric: We didn’t see much from Eric last week, but he certainly seems to have the numbers on his side if he ever decides to go after Aubry.
10. David: David’s in a fantastic position right now – he found a loyal ally in Devens, which is key for assimilating alongside the new players. Plus, he found a new and improved version of the Ken doll who was his previous shield, because Devens actually understands strategy. 10. Victoria: Don’t be overwhelmed by idol hunts! Lauren wasn’t, and she now has a precariously buried advantage and one less thing on her “Survivor” bucket list. Be like Lauren!
11. Rick: On the other side of this alliance’s coin, Devens is smart to use David as a shield. Though I think it’s the first time David Wright may have ever been described as a “big guy,” he is the right person to distract from Devens’ own charm and humor, which will make him a big jury threat later. 11. Julie: Unfortunately, Julie’s lack of outdoor skills is going to put a target on her back if Kama decides to make the safe choice and not vote for a returning player.
12. Wardog: I can’t get on board with Wardog referring to himself in the third person. But I can get on board with him weighing his options and coming up with an outside-the-box solution. He just has to be careful that he doesn’t start coming across like the leader around Manu. 12. David: Honestly, I think David’s doing a fantastic job. He appreciates the politics of being a returning player, and he’s navigating them perfectly. That being said, he’ll never be safe.
13. Joe: Joe was relatively under the radar, except for stepping up in the major challenge role again. People still aren’t seriously looking at him as a threat, but it’s not a great sign that we haven’t seen him form any serious bonds with anyone. We’re being told that it’s Joe and Aubry against the world, but who will have his back? 13. Chris: You’re a challenge guy on a tribe in desperate need of some challenge prowess, but I can’t help but think that targeting Kelley could come back to haunt you.
14. Kelley: Her closest ally has an idol, but hasn’t told her about it. Kelley could get saved if her name is thrown out there again, but three Tribals in a row is a lot to be in the hot seat. It’s unfortunate that Kelley’s game has boiled down to a war that started way too early between her and a new player with tunnel vision, but here we are. 14. Aubry: Oof…busted repeating yourself is a bad place to be. Oof…busted repeating yourself is a bad place to be. Oof…busted repeating yourself…
15. Aubry: I laugh-cringed at the montage of Aubry sounding like a broken record to multiple Kama members. To be fair, I don’t think it’s bad gameplay. She’s using effective rhetorical devices in an attempt to form a connection with people. Unfortunately for her, the newbies already know her game and are comparing notes. That makes Aubry come across as disingenuous, even if that wasn’t her intent. 15. Kelley: It looks like your life in this game came down to conversation between Chris and Wardog. That’s bad news. I’d say you need a tribe swap, but I doubt that would help. Your profile is just way too high.
16. Wendy: I hate that I keep having to rank Wendy low because I really I admire her chutzpah. She’s bold and brave, but she’s been caught in the crosshairs too often. With the preview teasing an ankle as black and blue as her hair, I think she might be running out of lives. 16. Wendy: Oh wow…you were in huge trouble at Manu and then you managed to throw the heat on others. But, now you’ve got some kind of injury? So…out of the frying pan into the…ankle smasher?

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