updated 09/27/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 09/27/2012 AT 8:50 AM ET
Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach
“The Hero tribe had plans to look for the hidden immunity idol as a group. But the best thing for me is to make sure I know where it’s at. This is Survivor, and you don’t know what these other people are thinking around here.”
– JT Thomas, Heroes vs. Villains
It’s always fun to watch a tribe self-destruct. This week, Russell Swan and his team of misfits continued their free fall into Survivor ignominy. But whenever a tribe falls apart, it sets up the opportunity for great strategists to rise. Or at least they can try to salvage the pieces.