Ok so I started off on Okak. I figured from the beginning that I would be a target for being the co-Creator of 703, so my goal was to work my social game and lay low. I created relationships with everyone on my tribe almost immediately. I quickly found myself in an alliance with Dennis because we were aligned in Eden's ORG AS and Jack because we had been previously aligned in Malakal's FvF and worked well together. In aligning myself with them, I then joined a bigger alliance with Bjorn, Nathaniel and NJ included as well leaving, Sora & Ryan on the outs of Okak. However I made it a point to form individual relationships with everyone on my tribe because I didn't want to be a target in anyone's mind early on.
I wanted Sora & Dennis to align but they had some underlying tension from Main ORG Rome & it was clear Dennis was the leader of the bigger alliance and if people flipped, Sora was going to be the leader of that one. I wanted to stay in everyone's good graces, so I would stay out of the crossfire.
Okak won the first 3 challenges and Dennis got sent to Belle Isle. He trusted me and Bjorn the most and gave us the clue he received. I guessed and found the Okak idol on my first try. At first, I wasn't going to tell anyone but Bjorn was close to guessing where I found the idol at & I didn't want to lie if I didn't have to at this point so I told them I had it.
We lost the next challenge and then we had to vote someone out. The alliance wanted Sora but I wanted NJ gone because I knew Sora be loyal to me as long as I was loyal to him plus NJ was too easily persuaded & that meant she could be persuaded into voting me out. I realized I didn't have the numbers to save Sora and he got voted out.
After we won the immunity challenge right after, I went to Belle Isle with Szymon. We told each other what was going on in our respective tribes without giving away too much information & agreed that at merge we would try to find a way to work together.
We lost the next immunity and NJ was exempt from tribal meaning Ryan was supposed to go next. I spoke to the alliance which had downsized because Nathaniel snitched and told Ryan he was going next. Ryan had a mini freak out when I talked to him and I told him I would try to keep him. Little did I know, another alliance chat had been formed with myself, Bjorn, Dennis, NJ & Jack because Nathaniel had lost the alliance's trust. The plan was to blindside Nathaniel but not tell Ryan. I didn't agree with the plan because it would confirm that Ryan was on the outs 100% and cause him to flip at merge. The plan was successful and Nathaniel was blindsided but it also successfully alienated Ryan.
We merged into Yukon & I knew at this point the jury would start soon, which propelled me to keep up social relations with everyone in the tribe even my alliance members. I also identified the people I felt were threats to me winning which were Szymon, Dennis, Scott, Lukas, Ryan & Bjorn. I knew that I needed them out to have a shot at winning and I needed to be in everyone's good graces & appear to be somewhat trustworthy in order to make it farther in the game. Lukas won immunity, but Jamie and Jack didn't submit which meant they couldn't vote.
Our alliance consisting of OG Okak people said the plan was to get rid of Jamie, per Dennis' wishes (they have some weird friendship/rivalry). I was fine with that because I knew how threatening Jamie could potentially be but I also noticed she was semi inactive as well. I also told the alliance that Ryan would flip on us because why would he stay with the Okak people willingly and he knew he was on the bottom. Bjorn however said that he could make Ryan stay with us. Unfortunately, my assumption was correct. Ryan flipped & on the revote Dennis was sent home putting the OG Okak people minus Ryan in the minority.
With Dennis being gone however, I took the opportunity to form a close bond with Bjorn. We always had a good relationship but with Dennis there, it was like the two of them were a pair. With him gone, Bjorn & I grew closer.
Jack was picked off next and that's when Bjorn & I found ourselves straddling two alliances: one with Szymon, Scott & Jamie and one with Lukas & they both were targeting Ryan, for his strong challenge performance & due to people feeling like he was untrustworthy. At this point, Szymon had taken Dennis' place in the power position and I knew eventually I had to make a move against him.
I won the next reward and got the clue to the idol. I guessed in the right area but in the wrong place. I immediately gave Bjorn the clue & told him where I guessed. He found the Yukon idol which meant both idols where in me and my closest ally's hands. The only idol that wasn't accounted for was the Nain idol, which I was always weary of.
NJ was evacuated and I won the next immunity challenge. Both alliances wanted Ryan out. I thought about saving Ryan with my idol but I thought I may need it later on and he was too much of a wild card for me. He was voted out dropping us down to 6.
It was at this time, I shared my ideas with Bjorn about how Lukas, Scott & Szymon were our biggest threats to win and if we wanted to make it farther, they had to go. He agreed and we devised a plan to blindside Szymon or Scott (we hadn't decided which one yet). Little did we know Lukas was also having the same thoughts as us with getting rid of Szymon.
Bjorn won immunity which left me open to be voted out. Jamie told everyone that she wanted to get voted out & when Szymon & Lukas both told me I was getting votes, I thought Jamie was setting me up to get blindsided. And in the alliance chat with Lukas, Bjorn and myself, Bjorn accidentally #EXPOSED me and I was like omg Bjorn plz. (Whew this round was messy AF!!) Lukas told me I should play my idol (by that point, I had already played it and voted lol) and Szymon was voted out 3-1-0.
I knew the Nains would join up together to take me or Bjorn out. At this point, I needed to cover my ass at all angles, so I confirmed a final 2 deal with Bjorn & confirmed another one with Scott. However, i got suspicious of Scott, when he complimented me on my gameplay & said I deserved to win & on top of that Jamie asked to be voted out the round before and then she won immunity lol
Bjorn had the last idol in play and we talked about who he should play it on. I told him to do what he felt was best but that I thought they would vote for me. Bjorn played his idol on me and Lukas was idoled out, leaving it to be me & Bjorn vs. Jamie & Scott.
Jamie won immunity for a second time in a row and both sides knew it was going to a tiebreaker. I thought Scott & Jamie would vote for me but they voted for Bjorn. He won the tiebreaker and sent Scott to the jury.
During Rites Of Passage, I knew it was a strong chance that Jamie would win FIC & I didn't want to go home in 3rd. I struck a F2 deal with her & the one I had with Bjorn was still intact so I was once again, covering my ass. Surprisingly though, I was the one who won final immunity (YAS @ ME!!!) and I decided to take Jamie because I felt like she didn't play as strong of a game as I did, whereas Bjorn had a strong chance of beating me.
So I feel like I should earn the title of Sole Survivor because I feel like I played more well balanced game than Jamie did. When it came to challenges, I was pretty consistent with scores and performance and even won 3 individual challenges when I needed to. Strategically, my moves weren't the biggest and most flashy but enough to get me to the next round & to ensure when I came to tribal with my torch lit, that I left tribal with it lit. *in my Sandra voice* (WHEW! Sandra is bae! YASSS #stanmoment) Socially, I feel like I've created bonds with each of you and gotten to know you a personal level so that the relationship was real and not just for game purposes. Overall I played a stronger, more solid game and that's why I deserve the title. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, I will be happy to answer them all 100% accurately and honestly. :)