Survivor: Russell Hantz’s Top 100 Greatest Survivors Ever (10-1)

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8. Sarah Lacina (Cagayan, Game Changers, Winners at War)

If this top 100 list had been put together after Survivor: Cagayan, Sarah Lacina would have had no shot at appearing on it. She was very cocky in Cagayan and it resulted in her getting blindsided at the merge and being the seventh voted out and first member of the jury.

Sarah returning for Game Changers was not popular at the time, as people did not think the cast matched the theme of the season, but Sarah changed her legacy with her appearance on season 34. Not only did she win the season, but she did so in dominant fashion.

Sarah learned from her mistakes in Game Changers, going from playing like a cop to then playing like a criminal. Her best move was getting Sierra voted out, but then also forming a good enough bond with Sierra and in turn, getting the Legacy Advantage from her.

It’s hard to win an all-returnee season since everyone has played at least once before, but Sarah ran Game Changers from nearly the jump. We saw her play for a third time on Winners at War, where she was one fire making challenge away from potentially being the show’s second two-time winner.

Her social game was really a highlight of her game in Game Changers and Winners at War and it’s crazy how much her legacy changed from her first appearance to her second appearance. She deserves all the credit in the world though because her win on Game Changers is most definitely one of the best in the show’s history.