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Survivor's Max Dawson: I Was Playing to Win

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Survivor's Max Dawson: I Was Playing to Win

Originally posted 03/21/2015 06:15PM

Some people know a lot about Survivor. They can spout off statistics and strategy, and they remember even the most obscure contestants from previous seasons.

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Survivor's Lindsey Cascaddan: I Spoke My Mind – and It Cost Me!

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Survivor's Lindsey Cascaddan: I Spoke My Mind – and It Cost Me!

Originally posted 03/21/2015 12:05PM

Generally speaking, it's a good idea to hold your tongue while playing Survivor. There will always be outspoken people who will get on your nerves; the CBS casting department sees to that. It doesn't pay to be lippy and confrontational. (That is, unless you're two-time winner Sandra Diaz Twine, who can somehow get away with it.)

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Blindsides and Double-Crosses

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Blindsides and Double-Crosses

Originally posted 03/19/2015 08:10AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"Most of the time you kinda need that social component. So when you don't win, someone's got your back – and they can take you to the end." –Brett Clouser, Survivor: Samoa

Survivor is truly a social game.

You can have all the great strategic ideas in the world. But none of it matters if you whistle out of tune or don't know how to apologize.

Wednesday night's Survivor was a testament to the importance of self-awareness and self-control. It turns out you can't curse, insult people's religion or walk around with your junk out and still win a game of influence and social politics.

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Nina Poersch: It's Hard to Be Deaf on Survivor

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Nina Poersch: It's Hard to Be Deaf on Survivor

Originally posted 03/13/2015 08:40AM

Survivor is a challenging game. Everybody says so, even the strapping young contestants who go deep into the game.

So when Nina Poersch joined the cast, she knew she had a few obstacles to overcome. At 51, she was a decade older than the next oldest person on her tribe.

And then there was the biggest obstacle: Poersch had lost her hearing seven years ago. (She is Survivor's second deaf contestant, after Christy Smith placed sixth on Survivor: Amazon in 2003.) Like Smith, Poersch found herself on the outside, unable to hear a lot of the conversations going on around her.

Poersch talked with PEOPLE about her game – and how deaf contestants face a disadvantage.

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Watch Survivor Winner Tyson Apostol Finally Propose to Rachel Foulger

Originally posted 03/12/2015 05:55PM

Nothing screams "marry me" more than a pair of green pants and a declaration of selfishness!

On Friday's season 2 finale of Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars on WE tv, Tyson Apostol from Survivor: Tocantins and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains finally pops the question to his longtime gal pal Rachel Foulger, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A 'Gimme' Elimination and ... Monkey Sex Stories?

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A 'Gimme' Elimination and ... Monkey Sex Stories?

Originally posted 03/12/2015 01:45PM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"When people have the same problem, it's easy to bring them together." –Malcolm Freberg, Survivor: Caramoan

It's a rare gift on Survivor when a vote is a gimme.

When you're competing on the show, every vote seems punctuated by a question mark. Do you keep the challenge beast who's in the other alliance? Do you hold on to your loyal ally who's annoying everybody around you?

Thank the blogging gods for that confusion. That ambiguity is what gives me something to analyze and critique every week.

But, as a contestant, it's frustrating to know that your shot at a million dollars could be riding on one arbitrary decision.

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Survivor's Vince Sly: I Played an Aggressive Game

Survivor's Vince Sly: I Played an Aggressive Game

Originally posted 03/05/2015 06:20PM

There was backstabbing and double-dealing. The two strongest men clashed over who would be the alpha male. The oldest tribe member became emotional that she was being marginalized. The young girls formed a clique. And the guy who actually cost his tribe immunity faced no repercussions for his failure to deliver during an important challenge.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Good Naked, Bad Naked and a 'Classic Overplay'

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Good Naked, Bad Naked and a 'Classic Overplay'

Originally posted 03/04/2015 10:00PM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"I will do what everybody feels most comfortable doing. I don't care what that is." –Todd Herzog, Survivor: China winner

People on Survivor just want to feel safe.

Before you ever hit the beach, you've suffered months of preparation.

You've passed the grueling gauntlet of casting, where you are assessed against a dozen people who look vaguely like you.

You have trained – swum, sprinted and Crossfit WOD-ed until you had nothing left to snatch.

You have bid adieu to your work and said au revoir to your family.

So when contestants enter the game, they really want to stay there. They want safety and security.

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So Kim: It's 'Crushing' To Be Voted Off Survivor First!

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So Kim: It's 'Crushing' To Be Voted Off Survivor First!

Originally posted 02/26/2015 07:40PM

So Kim's Survivor ride was a bumpy one.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Treacherous Alliance and a White Collar Crime

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Treacherous Alliance and a White Collar Crime

Originally posted 02/26/2015 11:00AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"This game is about who you are. Your character is your strategy." –Rafe Judkins, Survivor: Guatemala

Survivor is back for another season of terrible liars, over-attached creeps, self-aggrandizing loudmouths – and a couple of smart gamers.

The big twist this season is that contestants are divided into three tribes: White Collar, Blue Collar, and No Collar. White Collars make the rules; Blue Collars follow the rules; and No Collars break the rules and give uncomfortably long hugs.

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