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Survivor 33: Math Is The Great Equalizer
Strategic and Tactical Analysis by Dr. EJ
September 23, 2016

Right now, you are not a major target, but a few more obvious mistakes could change that. Silence can be golden for you.

Ken: I think your “respect” mantra will be of great use to you. You can use that as your strategy to make nice with the stragglers like Lucy, Sunday, and Ce Ce.

This will give you options as to how to form an alliance as the game unfolds.

Jessica: You are an observant person, and be aware of who will take you far in this game. Ken will respect you, but he is a threat – do you use him or jettison him?

Chris showed some foolhardiness – is he a liability or, as Stimpy would say (read him, too, dear readers), finals gold?

These are some of the tactical considerations you will have with your “power of observation strategy,” which you can use more easily since you are not an immediate target.

The Millenials also demonstrated the spectrum of gameplay:

Taylor, Jay, Jessica: Not losing immunities isn’t a solid strategy. Start making nice with some other people.

There are plenty of live votes to consider – Zeke (who may be difficult), Will, Adam, Micaela – the numbers are there, but guess what? You have to work at this!

Micaela, Will, Adam, Zeke: These are the castaways I didn’t really get a great feel for in the first episode in terms of strategy or tactics – and that’s a good thing.

Zeke, for example, gave a bunch of confessionals, but was non-abrasive at camp. Adam and Will voiced concerns about the storm, which proved to be true, but didn’t upset anyone.

This gives you a chance for the “flexibility strategy.” You can go with the “pretty people”, which I think is a better bet, because, ultimately, you might outnumber them if Michelle doesn’t join them.

But they are tight, and may be difficult to break up, and if someone flips from you, the four of you could be screwed.

Or you could go with Hannah and Mari, who ultimately would be bigger threats. But get together, the four of you – there is quite strength in quite numbers.

Michelle: I was most impressed with your flexibility. You are a member of the “pretty people” alliance – but flexible enough to get along with Mari and Hannah if that alliance doesn’t work for you.

Your schmoozing strategy is good. Just be sure to swear allegiance to everyone until it is time to vote, and then live with your choice. You’ll have new options in the alliance you choose.

Mari and Hannah: I was impressed with your observations. You picked up on what was happening with the “pretty people,” and you started something new.

Be aware of the stragglers, and be sure to make nice with them. Also, be wary of Michelle’s possible dual alliance. She might be the first “pretty person” to go, to break up that power formation. She’s the only real threat from them.

In Survivor, as in any arena of life, you must know the basics. Basic math is as concrete as it gets, but if you don’t know the simplest social rules, ultimately you can’t win.

People can change, however. They can see how the wind is blowing and adjust accordingly. But who will do so?

That is the beauty of this game, and we’ll know more next Wednesday night, before you read here for updated strategic and tactical considerations.

Doctor EJ is a licensed clinical psychologist by trade, but his passions include the great game of Survivor, and its social machinations. He is also passionate about travel, and claims to fame include visiting all 50 US States, and losing 145 pounds, both of which are discussed at his blog, The Better Half's Travels at He can be reached at

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