Game Fail: Why Vince Sly Lost Survivor
By John Powell – GlobalTV.com
Too sly for his own good? Perhaps. Too paranoid from the get-go? Most definitely. Vince Sly stumbled right at the starting line and was never really a contender this season.
To survive the first phase of Survivor and better your chances of success at the merger and beyond, your tribe needs to be united when it matters the most despite what petty squabbles or politics are going on behind the scenes. Players who are deemed “loose cannons”, who are far too paranoid and cannot be fully trusted; make achieving that goal next to impossible. Players exactly like Vince.
Vince’s inflated ego and his inability to take a backseat when it came to the leadership of the No Collar Tribe, made him a derisive and polarizing force, which is not what you need when the game has begun and your tribe is trying to establish its footing and momentum.
If he had more focus and more patience, Vince could have had many pawns at his disposal.
Challenging Joe publicly and initiating a civil war were not shrewd strategic decisions on Vince’s part. It forced people to choose sides and put his paranoia on display for all to see and evaluate.
His decision to even talk about targeting one of his own allies in the promising misfits alliance was a costly and ultimately fatal mistake for Vince.
Scatterbrained, unnecessarily brazen and focused only on short-term goals, Vince’s Survivor strategy was poorly conceived and poorly executed.
Rating: 2 / 5
Already perceived as a peculiar outsider, a person who marches to the beat of his own drummer; Vince made himself more of an outcast by not playing a very sensitive social game.
By frequently challenging his fellow tribe mates’ loyalties and exhibiting irrepressible suspicion so early on, Vince became the loose cannon everyone feared would eventually compromise the No Collar Tribe.
Although he did show some compassion and understanding to the other misfits like himself, turning on one of them confirmed with others feared most about Vince: he is not someone they could put their faith in.
Without any belief in him, he was an easy out.
Rating: 1 / 5
Reminiscent of Coach in many ways, Vince was an unconventional personality.
Love him or hate him, he was a unique character who would’ve never been boring or monotonous.
If he had acted with more precision and consideration, his bold gameplay could have been great to follow week to week.
Rating: 7 / 10
Final Castaway Rating: 10 / 20
Powell’s Picks: Episode 2
Who played it cool and who proved themselves to be a fool? Every week John Powell makes his picks for the worst and best players of the week.
Bronze Amateur: Dan Foley, Mike Holloway
It is Week Two and Dan is still getting on people’s nerves with his antics. He is firmly on their radar and may not be able to avoid being targeted now. Mike is getting too bossy for his own good.
Silver Amateur: Nina Poersch
Whether you agree that she has been mistreated by her own tribe or not, Nina unleashing her anger and resentment in a public way may not bode well for her future on the No Collar Tribe. As we saw at Tribal, she was left out of the voting loop and was the only other person besides Vince to vote for Jenn. Her fate may already be sealed.
Gold Amateur: Vince Sly
His paranoia and deceitfulness branded him as the loose cannon.
Bronze MVP: Joaquin Souberbielle
May have redeemed himself based on his Immunity Challenge performance.
Silver MVP: Joe Anglim
He survived the civil war and has put together a solid support system.
Gold MVP: Will Sims II
He went from being the biggest target on his tribe to being the swing vote. Will played his hand very well this week.