Survivor Winners at War premiere power rankings: Champs in contention

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Marooning buffs Survivor Winners at War episode 1
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It’s almost impossible to predict who among winners will win again, but our Survivor Winners at War power rankings for the premiere attempt to do so.

Welcome, once again, to our Survivor power rankings! Typically, we don’t provide a starting writeup for these features, but since a great number of people might be coming back to the show and the online fandom at large for the first time in years, I feel we should explain how we will be covering the Winners at War power rankings for the next few months.

The Survivor Winners at War premiere power rankings will take into effect who is in the best position to avoid being voted out of Tribal Council, as well as slightly favor who is likeliest to win the game by Day 39. With Edge of Extinction in play, this complicates things as there will be 20 players in contention for the entire season. Future editions will look at who’s likeliest to be voted out next.

Nevertheless, we will factor the players’ in-game positions on that twist as well as who is in the best position near the end, as well. For now, let’s take a closer look at our Survivor: Winners at War power rankings as of episode 1!

20. Amber Mariano

There’s nothing more I would like to see than for a season that has an insane number of twists, advantages, and the Edge of Extinction format to have the most under-the-radar player to win. Though I loved Tommy Sheehan’s Island of the Idols win because he beat the odds, I have severe doubts Amber Mariano can win again.

Primarily, with her being in the same game with Boston Rob again, Sandra Diaz-Twine actively targeting women, and Sandra being notably being blindsided by her playing again, I can’t help but feel Amber would be an easy early boot. With tribes swapping in recent all-returnee seasons as early as Final 18, the only way to prevent the married couple from reuniting is to vote one of them out immediately.

19. Sarah Lacina

Dalton Ross has been asking every player during preseason interviews who would be the first person they want to vote out, posting pictures on his Instagram. The overwhelming majority so far as of Sunday writing is Sarah with 5/17 votes, going so far as to even receive a vote from Nick, who hadn’t even seen Sarah at Ponderosa.

The reason why so many are targeting Sarah is that she played like a criminal while acting up like a cop. She was ruthless in her season, voting people out to gain their advantages, threatening to throw peoples’ engagement rings if they betrayed her, and making everyone trust in her as she bounced from side to side. These winners know her story, so her overcoming that while so many want her out first hurts her chances.