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Survivor: Cursed Hand is the sixteenth season of the second generation Suitman's Survivor Series, which began on July 10, 2014, and ended with a live reunion on July 24, 2014.

It ended with Alex C. defeating Coldan D. and FireDragon A. at the Final Tribal Council in a 4-3-0 Jury vote. At the Reunion, Alex won Player of the Season, while Natasha won Fan Favorite.

Production

This season features eighteen castaways, divided into three tribes of eight. The tribes for this season are named after cities in Zambia. The tribes are Chingola, wearing red, Lusaka, in orange, and Solwezi, with dark green. The tribe insignias are circular tribal drawings. On Day 9, the tribes merged in Kalulushi, wearing purple.

40 people applied, 22 were cut from the casting, and the other 18 went on to become the castaways competing in the game. The full cast of 18 including tribal designations was revealed on July 8, 2014.

This season was originally called Survivor: Sri Lanka. However, the decision was made to change the location to Zambia and introduce the Cursed Hand theme.

Twists

  • Cursed Hand: In this new twist, players who are voted out may select one member of their former tribe to switch with a member of one of the other two tribes, where they will both need to fight to stay in the numbers. However it is not all doom and gloom for the switched castaways as they will recieve an idol clue to the whereabouts of the Neglect and Reflect Idol. This twist continued into the merge with a new purpose. Voted out players now got to select one or two people to be voided from voting at the next Tribal Council. 
  • Color Level Hierarchy: This season the castaways were divided into three tribes based upon their Tengaged color level. The lower levels (White - Light Green) were the Chingola tribe, the middle levels (Dark Green - Brown) were the Lusaka tribe, and the higher levels (Black - TV Star) were the Solwezi tribe.
  • Three-Tribe Format: For the first time since All-Stars, the castaways were divided into three tribes instead of the usual two. It is the first time there has been more than two tribes since the four-tribe format of the tenth season, Seychelles.
  • Tribe Switch: On Day 5, the Chingola, Lusaka and Solwezi tribes underwent a tribe switch, mixing up the tribes. The Lusaka tribe was dismantled in this switch, leaving only Chingola and Solwezi.
  • Hidden Immunity Idols: There was one hidden idol placed in each tribe camp, which could be found by correctly guessing the answer to the clues sent daily to the two immune tribes. There was also an extra hidden idol in the post-merge camp.
  • Neglect and Reflect Idol: This is a "special idol", only available to castaways effected by Cursed Hand, that, if found, gives the user the chance to not only void votes against whoever it is played on, but also have those votes changed (or "reflected") to the person who the now protected castaway is voting for, increasing their chances at surviving and beating a split vote. Credit for this idol goes to Spinner554.

Contestants

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Against
Original Tribe Switched Tribe Merged Tribe
James T.
James T.
18, Blood
Solwezi 1st Voted Out
Day 1
4
Jake P.
Jake P.
17, Green
Lusaka 2nd Voted Out
Day 2
5
Connor L.
Connor L.
15, Yellow
Chingola 3rd Voted Out
Day 3
5
Chris M.
Chris M.
16, Blue
Lusaka 4th Voted Out
Day 4
5
Mickle P.
Mickle P.
16, Light Green
Chingola Chingola 5th Voted Out
Day 5
31
Shadi C.
Shadi C.
21, Light Green
Chingola Solwezi 6th Voted Out
Day 6
7
Nikki P.
Nikki P.
17, Green
Lusaka Solwezi 7th Voted Out
Day 7
4
Chingola2
Francesca F.
Francesca F.
16, Orange
Chingola Chingola 8th Voted Out
Day 8
33
Newz O.
Newz O.
16, Brown
Lusaka Solwezi Kalulushi 9th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 9
45
Nick J.
Nick J.
15, Black
Solwezi Solwezi 10th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 10
5
Natasha N.
Natasha N.
18, Blue
Lusaka Chingola 11th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 11
4
Solwezi2
Dra D.
Dra D.
15, Orange
Chingola Solwezi 12th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 12
7
Kamani R.
Kamani R.
14, Yellow
Chingola Chingola 13th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 13
8
Josh P.
Josh P.
14, Silver
Solwezi Chingola 14th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 14
14145
Michonne A.
Michonne A.
15, Black
Solwezi Solwezi 15th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 14
5
FireDragon A.
FireDragon A.
17, TV Star
Solwezi Chingola Third Place 63
Coldan D.
Coldan D.
16, Black
Solwezi Solwezi Runner-up 0
Alex C.
Alex C.
14, Red
Lusaka Chingola Sole Survivor 1

The Total Votes is the number of votes a castaway received during Tribal Councils where the castaway was eligible to be voted out of the game, excluding tiebreakers. It does not include the votes received during the final Tribal Council.

^1 Mickle was voted out in a 3-2 tie-breaker vote between himself and Josh. In the initial vote, Mickle and Josh received three votes each.
^2 On Day 6, Mickle used his Cursed Hand power to make Natasha and Nikki swap tribes. Natasha joined Solwezi while Nikki joined Chingola.
^3 Francesca was voted out in a 1-0 tie-breaker vote between herself and FireDragon. In the initial vote, Francesca and FireDragon received one vote each.
^4 Kamani played a Hidden Immunity Idol on Josh, therefore three votes against Josh were not counted.
^5 Newz was voted out in a 5-1 tie-breaker vote between himself and Josh. In the initial vote, Josh and Newz received four votes each.

The Game

Episode Air Date Immunity Eliminated Vote Finish
1 "Mother, I'm Tired of Your Bullshit!" July 10, 2014 Chingola James 4-1 1st Voted Out
Day 1
Lusaka
2 "Count My Chickens" July 11, 2014 Solwezi Jake 5-1 2nd Voted Out
Day 2
Chingola
3 "Dental Surgery From a Blind Person" July 12, 2014 Solwezi Connor 5-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 3
Lusaka
4 "Unspoken Threats and Wildcards" July 13, 2014 Solwezi Chris 4-0 4th Voted Out
Day 4
Chingola
5 "Bitter Self-Righteous Douche" July 14, 2014 Solwezi Mickle 3-3-1
3-21
5th Voted Out
Day 5
6 "Whirlwinds of Disaster" July 15, 2014 Chingola Shadi 6-1 6th Voted Out
Day 6
7 "Feel That Freeze?" July 16, 2014 Solwezi Nikki 4-1 7th Voted Out
Day 7
8 "The Lamest Alliance" July 17, 2014 Solwezi Francesca 1-1-02
1-01
8th Voted Out
Day 8
9 "That's An Abrupt Ending" July 18, 2014 Coldan Newz 4-4-1-1
5-11
9th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 9
10 "Close But No Cigar" July 19, 2014 Alex Nick 4-3-2 10th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 10
11 "Big Risk, Big Reward" July 20, 2014 Dra Natasha 4-3-1 11th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 11
12 "Sticky Situation" July 21, 2014 Alex Dra 6-0 12th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 12
13 "Delusional as Hell" July 22, 2014 Alex Kamani 5-1 13th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 13
14 "Don't Even Want to Type Your Name" July 23, 2014 Alex Josh 4-1 14th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 14
Alex Michonne 3-1 15th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 14
Reunion Show July 24, 2014 Jury Vote FireDragon 4-3-0 Third Place
Coldan Runner-up
Alex Sole Survivor

^1 Due to a tie, there was a re-vote between the tied players.
^2 Kamani played a Hidden Immunity Idol on Josh, therefore three votes against Josh were not counted.

Voting Table

Original Tribes Switched Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Eliminated:
James T.bw
James
Jake P.bw
Jake
Connor L.bw
Connor
Chris M.bw
Chris
Mickle P.bw
Mickle
Shadi C.bw
Shadi
Nikki P.bw
Nikki
Francesca F.bw
Francesca
Newz O.bw
Newz
Nick J.bw
Nick
Natasha N.bw
Natasha
Dra D.bw
Dra
Kamani R.bw
Kamani
Josh P.bw
Josh
Michonne A.bw
Michonne
FireDragon A.bw
FireDragon
Coldan D.bw
Coldan
Alex C.
Alex
Vote: 4-1 5-1 5-1 4-0 3-3-1 3-2 6-1 4-1 1-1-01 1-0 4-4-1-1 5-1 4-3-2 4-3-1 6-0 5-1 4-1 3-1 4-3-0
Alex Jake Chris Mickle Mickle Nikki Josh DNV Josh DNV Nick Josh Dra Kamani Josh Michonne Jury Vote
Coldan James Shadi Newz Newz Kamani Natasha Kamani Josh Michonne
FireDragon James Mickle Mickle Nikki Josh None S-V Newz S-V Natasha Dra Kamani Josh Michonne
Michonne James Shadi Newz Newz Kamani Natasha Dra Kamani S-V FireDragon Alex
Josh Nick Francesca None Francesca Francesca DNV Alex None FireDragon Natasha Dra Kamani S-V Coldan
Kamani Connor Josh Josh Nikki FireDragon Francesca Josh Josh Nick FireDragon Dra Michonne Alex
Dra Connor Shadi Josh DNV Nick Josh S-V Coldan
Natasha Jake Chris Mickle Mickle Shadi Newz Newz Nick Josh Alex
Nick James Shadi Newz Newz Kamani Coldan
Newz Jake Chris Shadi Josh None Alex
Francesca Connor Josh Josh Nikki Josh None
Nikki Jake DNV DNV
Shadi Connor Dra
Mickle Connor Josh None
Chris S-V S-V
Connor Shadi
Jake S-V
James DNV

^1 Kamani played a Hidden Immunity Idol on Josh, therefore three votes against Josh were not counted.

Returning Players

Season Castaways
S17 Reclamation Natasha N.
Natasha N.
S18 Second Chances Mickle P.
Mickle P.
Nikki P.
Nikki P.
Shadi C.
Shadi C.
S20 Bingo vs. Suitman Newz O.
Newz O.
S21 Allies vs. Adversaries Shadi C.
Shadi C.
S22 New Zealand Kamani R.
Kamani R.
S24 Last Leap Newz O.
Newz O.
Shadi C.
Shadi C.
S25 Conqueror's Crusade Alex C.
Alex C.
S28 Rejects vs. Royals Nick J.
Nick J.
S30 Polynesia Mickle P.
Mickle P.
Newz O.
Newz O.
Nick J.
Nick J.
S32 Unfinished Business Chris M.
Chris M.
FireDragon A.
FireDragon A.
S35 Solomon Islands Nick J.
Nick J.
S37 Indonesia Newz O.
Newz O.
Shadi C.
Shadi C.
S38 Canary Islands Coldan D.
Coldan D.
S39 Entitled vs. Earned Nick J.
Nick J.
S40 Ragnarok Alex C.
Alex C.

Gallery

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KiribatiRejects vs. RoyalsEl SalvadorPolynesiaKazakhstanUnfinished BusinessPuerto RicoAyia Thekla
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