The Challenge: Free Agents has attempted to level the playing field by introducing a new twist called “The Draw.” As a part of this twist, the worst performers in the daily challenge are forced to flip cards to avoid elimination. One male and one female will flip a “kill card” that sends them into elimination.
As a result of this twist, Frank has seen the first two eliminations of the season while Jemmye was the first female eliminated from the season.
This twist attempts to minimize politics in the game, though “the draw” is only responsible for half of the participants in the elimination round. The other half is determined by the winners of the daily challenge, which allows for politics to play a role in Free Agents.
So is this a good twist for The Challenge? To be honest, it has created some pretty good battles in early eliminations. At the same time, it has forced great competitors to go home early while the newbies have skated past elimination. It’s easy to understand why some vets would be upset with this format. People like Camila, Brandon, Jessica and even Johnny Bananas have struggled their first Challenges just because they were rookies.
I do appreciate The Challenge throwing in some new twists, and my favorite thing about “The Draw” it the fact that it forces people to try to win. On previous Challenges people have tried to be middle-of-the-groud players to avoid elimination and the responsibilities that come with winning. As nerve-wracking as “The Draw” is, it can be avoid. All you have to do is win!
What do you think of the new twist?