Survivor: David vs. Goliath introduces new idol advantage

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Jeff Probst talks about the newest twist coming to Survivor: David vs. Goliath; one that hopes to hinder others’ abilities to save themselves.

There’s nothing more dramatic in Survivor than thinking you’re on the outs, finding a Hidden Immunity Idol, playing it on yourself and saving yourself from getting voted out. Sure, you might not be long for the game after that, but the drama and the tension surrounding “who’s it going to be instead” is great entertainment.

A new advantage in Survivor: David vs. Goliath might negate that moment from even happening, though, as The Hollywood Reporter reveals in their talk with host and executive producer Jeff Probst that this season will introduce the Idol Nullifier.

This tool will be found on the island and must be brought to Tribal Council and played when you cast your vote. Players will announce at the booth who they will play it against, place the advantage in the urn then return to their stump. The Idol Nullifier will negate the intended target’s ability to play a Hidden Immunity Idol.

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For example, if John A. is on the outs and is looking for an idol all day at camp, finds it and plans to save herself at Tribal Council, Jill B. would know he’s a good target to use an Idol Nullifier against. While voting, Jill B. presents it and says she’s using it against John. A. When Jeff Probst asks if anyone wants to use an idol, John. A plays it, Probst will then announce it is a Hidden Immunity Idol then follow up by announcing someone played an Idol Nullifier against him.

These Nullifier trinkets will likely be as prevalent as idols in Survivor: David vs. Goliath, but are played in secret. That means if Jill B. tried to use it against John A. and he doesn’t use an idol, there would be no announcement whatsoever. There’s a bit of subterfuge in the play, as someone could use it to betray their own alliance to get ahead if used strategically. The first time it’s used will be a surprise to the players, too.

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What do you think, Survivor fans? Does this new power go too far? Does it help prevent players like Ben Driebergen from idoling his way to the end?