Survivor Winners at War premiere power rankings: Champs in contention

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Ethan Zohn Adam Klein Survivor Winners at War episode 1
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12. Adam Klein

Adam’s misconstrued legacy about how he won Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X will be a power and a hindrance, especially playing the game as the youngest participant. For one, the fact many viewers saw Adam as an emotionally-driven player outside of his familial motivation (seen with how he handled Jay and Will when they were on the outs) will play into his ability to strategize and backstab.

He’s also one of the more well-rounded players, as he’s found advantages, played them for others to gain loyalty, and has bounced between alliance groups. The only worry I have is that with the numerous parents and older participants that would make up the majority of the jury, they might not want to give the $2 million to someone they view as a kid. He’ll have to make some big movez and find the right alliance that will take each other out first instead of him.

11. Ethan Zohn

Speaking of someone who Adam can ally with (they’re reportedly represented by the same speaking engagement manager), Ethan is exactly the middling kind of winner who can supremely shock people by his preparation for a more modern game than he’s prepared for. He’s talked about wanting to play with a much darker edge than his saccharine-like win in Survivor: Africa, and he’s been keeping up with the players, strategies, and tools to win.

Though I feel like he has one of the strongest cases to win the title of Sole Survivor if he makes it to the end, he has a strong aura of loyalty, charm, charisma, and social prowess that makes it easy to overlook him in the early stages. Once he goes all knives out, however, I wonder how the rest of the game will react.

10. Tony Vlachos

The one thing Tony has done to strategize for Winners at War is to come into the game without a strategy. The fact he’s not going to be running off into the jungle at the first arrival of his camp, not build a spy bunker, not hide out in the trees at night and ambush Sandra at the camp and maybe chill out a bit will better prepare him for the game ahead.

He does know how to lie and extend the power of his advantages, he knows how to find them, and if he can actually adapt the “big threats alliance” push he made in Game Changers, his Big Chaos Energy might power a more extended game this time around.