Survivor Cambodia Power Rankings–Week 2

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For the 31st season of Cambodia we will be once again bringing you our weekly POWER RANKINGS as Ben & Noah are joined by Ozlets Colin & Jarrod to rank the contestants each week based on performance and strategy and where they are perceived to be in the game! We continue our rankings for another week with our episode 2 rankings, which we are sure will cause speculation and debate as we get closer to next weeks episode!

HOW THE RANKINGS ARE CALCULATED

Each week Ben, Noah, Colin & Jarrod will rank the remaining contestants based on their opinion of where they stand in the game, with the four totals being tallied to produce a total score . The lowest total score will be ranked at the top, with the second lowest in second, third lowest in third and so on and so forth. Each week the overall list will be published, separated into two tribes. It will combine into one list once the tribes merge (or two/three should there be a tribe dissolve).

LEADERBOARD

Once again during Cambodia we will be scoring who gets the closest each week with the POWER RANKINGS LEADERBOARD! The ranker who gets their ranking for the previous weeks eliminated contestant will score a point. If they predict the exact finishing position then they will score 2 points. If there are two or more rankers on the same prediction/number, they will both get the said points amount. Here is the leaderboard after this weeks episode:

POS RANKER SCORE
1st Noah Groves 1
2nd Colin Hilding 1 (+1)
3rd Ben Waterworth 0
= Jarrod Loobeek 0

BAYON RANKINGS

1st – Jeremy

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OVERALL: 3rd (-1)
BEN RANK: 3rd
NOAH RANK: 3rd
COLIN RANK: 3rd
JARROD RANK: 4th

BEN: “Not much shown this episode but he is shown as popular, and getting at least snippets of screen time to allow for him to be seen enough to be put in the fray for a ‘winners edit’. Plus the emotion of the Savage story to me was shown for two reasons: to enable us to see the win is for Val and also to show a new side of Kass. I think the Jeremy angle came out even more.”

NOAH: “Jeremy remains one of the most prominent figures on Bayon and I imagine his edit will only get bigger when he is on a losing tribe. He formed a majority alliance and is tight with Savage and the rest of the tribe. In the first episode we saw game bot Jeremy and in the second we saw a more human and emotional side of him. They are fleshing out his character but I see him eventually becoming a target when other players are whittled down. For now Jeremy is safe.”

COLIN: “Jeremy is playing this game just as hard as Wentworth and Varner, but he’s doing a really good job at hiding it. He had a genuine moment with Savage which came across as even more sincere since he quietly excused himself. The only reason I can’t rank him higher is because we haven’t seen him go to tribal, therefore can’t really know how much power or sway he has.”

JARROD: “Good to see some emotion from Jeremy this week rather than just pure strategy. Jeremy is really good at forming quick alliances to keep himself safe and that should play to his advantage going into the tribe swap. Look for him to rally the troops as soon as they get back from the challenge post swap.”

2nd – Savage

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OVERALL: 5th (+3)
BEN RANK: 5th
NOAH RANK: 4th
COLIN RANK: 6th
JARROD RANK: 3rd

BEN: “Shown as someone who is getting respect and also shown as someone who might have some hidden strategy. I like what I saw this episode. The older alpha male is showing through this season.”

NOAH: “Savage is getting a fair amount of airtime on Bayon and has kind of become the de facto leader of the tribe. He seems close with Jeremy and is a part of the majority alliance. He is a provider for the tribe and everyone seems to like him and his stories about his wife. He is currently in a top position on Bayon but can he adapt well enough to a switch up?”

COLIN: “Savage is probably the most likeable contestant out there after his story about his wife. If you can make Kass choke up you’re doing something right. He seems to have genuinely learned from his mistakes in Pearl Islands.”

JARROD: “We saw a great character moment from Savage this week and it’s clear he’s forming genuine connections within his tribe. I’m slightly worried we could be getting a Savage vs. Stephen storyline but based on what we’ve seen so far, Savage should come out on top if that’s the case.”

3rd – Tasha

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OVERALL: 6th (+3)
BEN RANK: 8th
NOAH RANK: 7th
COLIN RANK: 5th
JARROD RANK: 5th

BEN: “Barely saw a peep out of her this episode but she is still there and still in tight with the main Bayon people. That will work for her in the long run and a switch I don’t think will really hurt her place in the game. She isn’t going anywhere for a while.”

NOAH: “From what we can establish Tasha is still a part of the Jeremy core alliance and is a strong force in challenges. This position could rise significantly or lower with the impending three tribe twist.”

COLIN: “Nothing new happened with Tasha this week. Like several others my opinion is based on her position last week and the assumption that nothing has changed. I give her bonus points as I see her adapting to any shake up next week.”

JARROD: “One of the more visible females on Bayon and an asset in the challenges, which becomes more important with smaller tribes. If she’s lucky, she could wind up with one of her Cagayan cast mates and be able to set up something new post-switch.”

4th – Joe

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OVERALL: 7th (-3)
BEN RANK: 4th
NOAH RANK: 9th
COLIN RANK: 8th
JARROD RANK: 8th

BEN: “The golden boy of the season. Everyone loves him. Hell even I think I have a crush on him after this episode. But was the quote from Stephen foreshadowing?”

NOAH: “Joe takes a slight hit this week. While he is still viewed as ‘Joey Amazing’ he has been identified as a threat by Stephen, something that could come back into play later in the season. In the meantime he is Survivor MacGyver and making all the ladies happy.”

COLIN: “I originally had Joe a few spots higher than this. Even though I’m not a fan, I think I was getting caught up in the amazement of all his skills. I realized that he has now been identified in both episodes as someone who is a threat. Whether it is as an ally or an adversary, we have been told twice on screen that Joe is a target. If he ends up with the wrong tribe mates next week he could be in trouble.”

JARROD: “For the first time we got a mention about Joe being a threat albeit from Stephen and based around slitting his throat at the merge. If he gets swapped to a weaker tribe his stock will go up big time but each round the target on his back increases a little and he’s made no effort to reduce that target around camp or at the challenges. Should benefit slightly from Shirin going home, as now he’s the sole player from Worlds Apart.”

5th – Ciera

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OVERALL: 9th (-2)
BEN RANK: 9th
NOAH RANK: 8th
COLIN RANK: 9th
JARROD RANK: 10th

BEN: “Similar answer to Tasha. We did get a “I’m not feeling well” from her which could maybe draw out into something more, but I’ll take that with a grain of salt and continue to watch her each week for some time.”

NOAH: “She sat out of the challenge and she lost a potential ally when Vytas went home. We don’t know where her allegiances stand but in the meantime I think she is in an ok position.” 

COLIN: “Until we see anything positive or negative, I’m going to keep Ciera right around the middle of the rankings.”

JARROD: “I feel the other players in the game think Ciera is tied to the new school players so Shirin leaving is another positive for her. Coming into the swap I’m worried she could be viewed as one of the weaker females who is expendable in relation to the challenges.”

6th – Keith

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OVERALL: 10th (+1)
BEN RANK: 17th
NOAH RANK: 11th
COLIN RANK: 12th
JARROD RANK: 6th

BEN: “Similar to Kimmi. We’re just not seeing him. And I feel as though he could be an easy target on a tribe of 6 should they lose. I hate this so much, but I have to have someone this low. Sorry Keith :(”

NOAH: “Sad that we didn’t get any funny Keith quotes at all in this episode. The shuffle makes it impossible to predict but he is a hard worker at camp and fairly good in challenges so he can still stick around for a while.”

COLIN: “It’s hard to judge Keith in any season, but even harder when we don’t see him. Based on his position last week, and the fact that no scenes have been shown to indicate his position has changed, Keith is still a pawn in a majority alliance. That’s good enough for now.”

JARROD: “I get the feeling that Keith becomes more valuable at the swap because other players will feel they’ll be able to manipulate him. Wouldn’t be surprised if the minority on his new tribe tries to swing him over to form a majority. He’s providing plenty of light-hearted moments so hopefully he can stick around.”

7th – Kimmi

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OVERALL: 12th (-)
BEN RANK: 16th
NOAH RANK: 10th
COLIN RANK: 15th
JARROD RANK: 9th

BEN: “I hate having her so low but we have barely seen any of her and she still remains a firecracker in this game that I think will hurt her. And if she ends up on a tribe with Varner next week, look out…”

NOAH: “There is nothing to indicate that Kimmi is in a good or a bad situation at this point. Hopefully we see more of her in the next episode because I am still ecstatic that she is on this season.”

COLIN: “Kimmi’s tan is coming in nicely….. Hopefully more to report next week.”

JARROD: “Doing a great job of keeping up in the challenges and looks to be integrating well socially. Alongside Tasha she’s getting a decent amount of screen time amongst the Bayon women, which is probably a good sign.”

8th – Kass

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OVERALL: 15th (+1)
BEN RANK: 18th
NOAH RANK: 12th
COLIN RANK: 13th
JARROD RANK: 14th

BEN: “We have seen a sense of maturity from Kass this season that nobody expected but a switch will start it all over again and put a target firmly over her head as an easy person to take out. Again, as per Keith and Kimmi I hope I’m wrong. So wrong.”

NOAH: “Kass is on a winning tribe so we really only saw a glimpse of her trying to adapt her social game and be more personable. She has gotten over that first boot bump and can probably slide through for a bit but there is no chance she can win this game.”

COLIN: “So Kass has a soft side. By no means is she a major player in this season, but there could be hope for Kass. I’m calling it. Kass will survive at least 1 tribal council visit. ”

JARROD: “Can a leopard change its spots? We got a glimpse this week that Kass may not be playing the chaotic game she played last time but can you really trust what Kass says? While I think Kass was doing a good job rewriting her history on Bayon, a tribe swap could very well put her back at square one as an easy boot that sets everyone else at ease.”

9th – Monica

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OVERALL: 16th (-3)
BEN RANK: 12th
NOAH RANK: 15th
COLIN RANK: 14th
JARROD RANK: 16th

BEN: “Monica was selected to be on Survivor Second Chance. She is playing the game with 17 remaining contestants currently on the 31st season.”

NOAH: “For two weeks in a row Monica is non-existent in the season. If this is a winner edit then it is a pretty strange one and looks like my top spot prediction is wrong once again. When she finally goes to tribal we may see more of Monica.”

COLIN: “Multiple episodes and we’ve yet to see anything from Monica. Even Kass had a brief positive moment. Monica will no doubt show up on screen soon, but for now I have only one thing to say. Valencia would have done something by now!”

JARROD: “The most invisible female of the season so far which makes it hard to judge where she sits. Similar to Ciera she could be expendable on a smaller tribe that values challenge strength. If she sticks around hopefully we hear or at least see more of her over the coming weeks.”

10th – Stephen

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OVERALL: 18th (+1)
BEN RANK: 15th
NOAH RANK: 17th
COLIN RANK: 18th
JARROD RANK: 18th

BEN: “If the tribes weren’t switching I would have Stephen on the bottom for sure. But given the switch I’ll give him an ounce of hope that he can try something a tad different to save himself. He has however started off poorly, and I hope it changes soon.”

NOAH: “Stephens edit is so bizarre this season. He is constantly being painted in a negative light and is berated for hunting for idols and berated for claiming others are hunting for idols. He isn’t in the main alliance and is viewed as a threat, mainly by Savage. The tribe shuffle could be Stephen’s best hope to turn it around and we may have seen some foreshadowing of him taking out Joe.”

COLIN: “And the parallels to Cesternino’s All Stars edit continues. A tribe switch can help almost anyone, but so far he doesn’t have one solid ally to go into it with.”

JARROD: “Stephen continues to be shown as on the outs and rubbing people the wrong way via the Jeremy comment. Whether that is truly the case or not it’s tough to say but the swap will probably either seal his fate or kick-start a redemption story. It’ll be interesting to watch.”

TA KEO RANKINGS

1st – Varner

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OVERALL: 1st (+4)
BEN RANK: 2nd
NOAH RANK: 2nd
COLIN RANK: 1st
JARROD RANK: 1st

BEN: “The star of the episode. It’s almost surprising to see Varner play so well and have nobody come after him. I guess the word there is ‘yet’ but damn he is good. Adapting to this game big time. Could still be targeted after this switch so might need to cool his jets a tad.”

NOAH: “Varner is really surprising people here and it is clear that after a long fifteen year wait he is here to play the game. Varner wants to make sure that no matter what he is safe and setting himself up long term. He was struggling to keep up in episode one and now in episode two he is running ahead of the pack. This could be his downfall though as I feel he is good for the time being but is playing the game TOO much. I hope he can make it the distance but I feel despite being a major force in the season he could have trouble actually winning the thing.”

COLIN: “Varner is owning this game. I said last week that Varner was probably playing everyone, including the audience, and his performance this week could back that up. He is 100% comfortable in his game and control over it. Nothing short of a blindside will shake him”

JARROD: “At this stage is the player to watch this season and has no shortage of allies going into the swap so he should have somebody to work with no matter the results of the draw. In some ways the swap is almost like day 1 again and Varner excelled then so he should be able to replicate that success now.”

2nd – Kelley

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OVERALL: 2nd (-1)
BEN RANK: 1st
NOAH RANK: 5th
COLIN RANK: 2nd
JARROD RANK: 2nd

BEN: “I think this is more difficult this week to put her at number one but she is about to go into a tribe swap with an idol. She is getting a strong edit, and is popular. Giving her the props for that this week.”

NOAH: “She kind of got the Carolyn edit this episode, going from a prominent character to a less significant one between the first two episodes. In saying that though she still was fairly present in all the events at camp and was smart enough to vote with the majority rather than hedging her bets all on Shirin and Spencer. Oh and she is currently the only one in the game with an idol…”

COLIN: “She still has the idol, and unless something has been left off screen intentionally, nobody else even knows how idols are being played this year. Even with that security she knew when it was right to switch sides in the vote.”

JARROD: “Loses some control of the game but the episode showed she’s willing to go with the flow when need be and she has an idol going into the swap so she should be safe even if she gets a raw deal.”

3rd – Terry

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OVERALL: 4th (+7)
BEN RANK: 6th
NOAH RANK: 1st
COLIN RANK: 4th
JARROD RANK: 7th

BEN: “See my answer for Savage. Again, older alpha male getting some positive edits. His move to calm Abi was genius and he keeps talking up his social game this season so I say watch out for Deitz. He is being very impressive so far.”

NOAH: “Let me set things straight, I don’t think Dietz is the best player out there but I do think he had the strongest performance this week. He went from being on the bottom of the tribe to being up the top alongside Varner. Terry’s social game was a weakness in Panama and unlike some he is using his Second Chance as an advantage and improved on it by filling in the cracks of the Abi Maria bomb and snatching her away from the other alliance. He has made amends and appears to have a strong relationship with everyone in the game. Terry probably won’t win the game in the end but he has potential to be a major player in the season.”

COLIN: “In Panama Terry went into the merge with no numbers in his favour. Because of this we always saw him on guard and stuck in game mode. I believe it’s only because of this that we never saw the brilliance of his social game. I almost hate to call it a social game, because in all honesty it was Terry’s natural social grace that changed the game this week.”

JARROD: “A good week for Terry sees him jump out of the minority and back into the majority. While that could all change with the swap, Terry has shown he’s aware of opportunities to infiltrate cracks in alliances and that should serve him well moving forward.”

4th – Kelly

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OVERALL: 8th (+6)
BEN RANK: 10th
NOAH RANK: 6th
COLIN RANK: 7th
JARROD RANK: 13th

BEN: “Loving the fact that my girl is getting airtime, even when she isn’t really that relevant to the storyline. I still get giddy knowing she is just on this season. Just need to utter love for her. And after a week of being on the bottom she is back into a majority and with a switch she’ll be in no danger as she seems to be well loved by everyone. And she is showing strategy, I should mention that. You go girl!”

NOAH: “Kelly is another one who jumps up from week one to two. She did nothing notable to screw up the challenge compared to last week and this time she was voting in the majority. Other than that we didn’t hear too much from her but I don’t think she will be too much of a threat in the tribe shuffle.”

COLIN: “She started the episode out of the loop and ended in a majority alliance. Now it should be noted that it’s a majority of 7, but I have to give some extra credit since this is the runner up of the original season and nobody sees her as a threat.”

JARROD: “Back in the majority but I worry if she swaps to a tribe with no close allies because she hasn’t had to do a whole lot of strategic work so far. If she winds up apart from her old school buddies can she play an aggressive game to get herself out of a tight spot?”

5th – Woo

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OVERALL: 11th (+4)
BEN RANK: 13th
NOAH RANK: 13th
COLIN RANK: 10th
JARROD RANK: 11th

BEN: “Did Woo just show up two super fans of the game and teach them how to play Survivor? So good! But this IS Woo, and a switch will see him being once again bemused that he is even out there again.”

NOAH: “Props to Woo for standing his ground and lecturing Shirin and Spencer on the social game which was hilarious. Although some people haven’t read between the lines that if Shirin has never had a conversation with Woo that also means that Woo has never instigated a conversation with Shirin which doesn’t speak wonders for his game. He is in an alliance and even with the shuffle probably won’t be in much danger anytime soon.”

COLIN: “Brace yourself…… Woo had a good week as a strategist! I have feeling if anyone else said Woo’s same words in the same conversation with Shirin and Spencer they would not be given any credit. But this is Woo after all. Good job in standing your ground, not being wishy washy, and voting logically.”

JARROD: “It was nice to see Woo stand up for himself this week but it also showed that he’s not having strategic conversations with the people outside of his alliance. He’ll need to hope he is placed on a tribe with allies who will do that part for him or he could be in trouble.”

6th – Peih-Gee

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OVERALL: 13th (+4)
BEN RANK: 14th
NOAH RANK: 14th
COLIN RANK: 11th
JARROD RANK: 12th

BEN: “I love so much that she is getting airtime, even though it hasn’t always been in a positive light, but she’s still here. A tribe switch is dangerous though, as she might just end up with Abi on a tribe and having people turn against her if Abi can get others on side. So I’m kind of getting a vibe that her days (sadly) might be numbered.”

NOAH: “Peih-Gee has found herself in the majority alliance which is a plus but she was a part of the first major fight of the season. If she and Abi stay together I can only see it getting worse for both of them. Pieh Gee could still have a lengthy stay in the game but I don’t see a situation where she wins.”

COLIN: “I wanted a backbone from Peih Gee last week, and she finally showed it. Even though she was the one who fought with Abi, and started the group session that set the caused all the controversy, it was Shirin and Spencer who took all of the heat. She also has a strong alliance, but on the down side she isn’t calling any of the shots.”

JARROD: “This week Peih-Gee became the first player to majorly lose their cool with Abi and it feels like their fates may be linked in this game. She’s very much just looking to go with the majority at this point in time but if she winds up on the wrong end of the tribe swap she’ll need to play more aggressively and bring back some of that China fire to stick around.”

7th – Abi-Maria

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OVERALL: 14th (+4)
BEN RANK: 7th
NOAH RANK: 18th
COLIN RANK: 16th
JARROD RANK: 15th

BEN: “Laugh all you like at her being so high but there is hope for Abi. For starters Varner dropping several hints at her being taken to the end as a goat surely means others will see it too. And now she is about to be part of a switch she can try and fix some mistakes she has made early and start afresh. It’ll be fun to watch, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it plays out.”

NOAH: “Yes Abi is in the majority alliance but she is annoying everyone in the game, even those in said alliance. She is trying so hard to not be like Philippines Abi but failing to do so. She can be a goat to take to the end but what good will that do her? I feel like out of everyone the tribe shuffle will be most detriment to her as she is an easy target to pick off, which is if she isn’t on a winning tribe. Abi has zero shot at winning this game.”

COLIN: “Somehow her return to Philippines mode helped her game. She started fights, had a slight emotional breakdown, annoyed everyone, and still manages to stay off the bottom of her tribe. She’s still in no position to brag about her game.”

JARROD: “Clearly Varner wants to keep Abi around as a goat but I question how willing the other players will be to do so. She’s getting on everyone’s nerves at the moment and needs to be mollycoddled to ensure her trust. Probably would help to be part of a winning tribe so there’s less reason for her to be paranoid.”

8th – Spencer

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OVERALL: 17th (-11)
BEN RANK: 11th
NOAH RANK: 16th
COLIN RANK: 17th
JARROD RANK: 17th

BEN: ”Dodged a bullet early just like in Cagayan and I honestly think that it will be a huge lifesaver to him. He was so emotional at the prospect of going home which will light a fire under his butt and he will come out at a switch with his blinkers on and ensure he is a bit more out of the way and not pissing off people or being too strategic. This is the start of Spencer’s game right now. Look out.”

NOAH: “What a turnaround for Spencer. After two tribal councils he finds himself in the outs similar to how he was in Cagayan. Spencer made the same mistakes he made in Cagayan by viewing people as chess pieces and players rather than people and become the honorary Max Dawson by constantly strategizing with Shirin. Spencer caught a lucky break by surviving this tribal and if it wasn’t for the tribe shuffle he would be the next one out. There is still a chance Spencer can survive longer like in Cagayan.”

COLIN: “I feel for Spencer. If he had come into a season with all players from the last 3 years his game would have been right. There was really no way to know that old school players would have set the pace for the game. Whether I feel for him or not he’s on the bottom and will probably have a reputation going into a new tribe.”

JARROD: “A tribe swap could not come at a better time for Spencer and could very well save his bacon in this game. Being on the bottom isn’t a bad position to be in going into a swap and I could easily see Spencer turning things around. It all depends on whom he ends up with.”

Our next Power Rankings will be up after the first episode! What do you think of our rankings? Agree? Disagree? Let us know your thoughts below!

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