Battle of the Bloodlines
The Mercenary, also known as the Heavy Hitter, is a season twist introduced during Cutthroat. The twist often features players not featured on a season entering the competition to participate in an elimination against the players in the game. Since the twist was first debuted it has been used multiple times during elimination rounds, with each time being featured differently.
The twist was first introduced during Cutthroat as the Heavy Hitter twist. During the eighth Gulag of the season TJ revealed that rather than face each other, the elimination nominees would all face a Heavy Hitter of their gender in the elimination. The player of each gender to last the longest against the Heavy Hitter in the Gulag would be announced the winners of the elimination.
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Battle of the Bloodlines
The Heavy Hitter twist was brought back on Battle of the Bloodlines during the eighth Pit elimination of the season. At the start of the elimination TJ revealed that rather than face each other, the elimination nominees would each face a separate Heavy Hitter in the elimination determined by flip of a coin. The player to last the longest against their Heavy Hitter in the Pit would be announced the winners of the elimination.
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The Heavy Hitter twist was brought back once again on Vendettas, now referred to as the Mercenary twist. On the designated double eliminations during the fifth and eighth Ring eliminations TJ announced that the elimination nominees would each face a separate Mercenary in the elimination determined by random flip of a coin. If a player is to lose against their Mercenary they will be eliminated from the game while any player to defeat their Mercenary will rejoin the competition and earn a Grenade.
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Additionally at the start of the final challenge TJ announced that each of the finalists would have to face against a Mercenary of their gender during one of the checkpoints. If a player loses against their Mercenary, the Mercenary is allowed to assign that player a Grenade before advancing.
- Aneesa won the "Crazy 8" Ring by default after Veronica injured her finger on the "8" and was declared unable to continue.
- Following multiple rounds, the "Yankin' My Chain" Ring between Darrell and Nelson was declared a draw. Nelson was not awarded a Grenade as a result.
- Melissa was only required to face three players during the "Decked Out" checkpoint after Nicole Z. injured her ankle early in the race.
In Final Reckoning, the Mercenaries will face the elimination teams for their chance to enter the game. If the Mercenaries win, they will take their opponents spot in the game. Ashley and Hunter were required to eliminate one team to enter the game while Cory and Devin were required to eliminate two teams.
Angela & Faith
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