This season features two promonent twists. The first is the tagline for the series- Brawn vs Brains vs Beauty. For this twist, castaways were divided in tribes based off of the three core attributes seen as most necessary for success in the game. The second twist featured the three Returning Players of X Series Notoriety. Christa Hastie/mysteriousocean (Runner-Up, SX1 & SX7) joined the Brawn Tribe, Brad Virata/stanleyolee (4th Place, SX8) was picked for the Brains Tribe, while Zoe Zanidakis/dannystultz (4th Place, SX6) became a part of the Beauty Tribe- however, one of the original eighteen castaways from both tribes was sacrificed in an opening vote in order to make room for all three players, hence the odd starting number of 21 players. Which trait will prove most valuable?
Although being down going into the merge, the five remaining Brains managed to manipulate Lindsey Ogle/bryanpasa into switching sides which effectively dismantled the Brawn majority one by one. Returning player Brad Virata/stanleyolee made a tight pact with fellow Brain Sarah Dawson/Druid78 and the duo used Lindsey to dismantle their own alliance until only the trio remained at the end where the last remaining Brawn received no support from the Aparri-heavy jury. Instead, it came down to a two horse race between allies Brad and Dawson where the returnee was criticized harshly for his lack of jury management. Being seen as the good cop between the two and never having to truly ruffle feathers, it was Sarah Dawson/Druid78 who the jury ultimately crowned the 15th Sole Survivor.
|Contestant||Original Tribe||Absorbed Tribe||Merged Tribe||Finish||Total Votes|
|Beauty||1st Voted Out|
|Brawn||2nd Voted Out|
|Brains||3rd Voted Out|
|Beauty||4th Voted Out|
|Beauty||5th Voted Out|
|Beauty||6th Voted Out|
|Beauty||7th Voted Out|
|Beauty||Luzon||8th Voted Out|
|Brains||Luzon||9th Voted Out|
|Brawn||Aparri||Maharlika Diyosa||10th Voted Out|
|Brawn||Aparri||11th Voted Out|
1st Jury Member
|Brawn||Aparri||12th Voted Out|
2nd Jury Member
|Beauty||Aparri||13th Voted Out|
3rd Jury Member
|Brawn||Aparri||14th Voted Out|
4th Jury Member
|Brains||Luzon||15th Voted Out|
5th Jury Member
|Brains||Luzon||16th Voted Out|
6th Jury Member
|Brains||Luzon||17th Voted Out|
7th Jury Member
|Brawn||Aparri||18th Voted Out|
8th Jury Member
To be added.
To be added.
|Original Tribes||Absorbed Tribes||Merged Tribe|