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Name: Mexico
Season Run: 2013
(list of episodes)
iSurv1vors: 18
Runner(s)-up: Joe G.
Tribes: Aguila
La Araña
Billy (20)
Sassy (20 & 23)
Kurtis (23)
Santiago (24)
Joe G. (24)
Jermin (31)
Previous Season: Bali
Next Season: India
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iSurv1vor: Mexico — The Sonoran Desert is the eighteenth season of the Online Reality Game iSurv1vor

It is the first season since All-Stars to begin with three tribes and first to have eighteen castaways since Arabia. The theme is based on existing relationships within Online Reality Games.

On Day 1, the castaways were informed that six sets of pre-existing relationships and six strangers without a prior connection were in the game, the identities weren't publicly revealed however a reward for the person to uncover all relationships and strangers will win a prize. Unlike Bali those with history have no obligation to work with each other and whether or not they wish to reveal this information is entirely up to them. The second twist of the game was that the location of the Hidden Immunity Idol at Tribal Council, this season contestants iS Points will be used to purchase the Idol in a silent auction whilst they're voting a player out. The person who outbids the others will have the Idol played automatically on them, negating any/all votes. Redemption Island did not return from Bali.

On Day 10, Serpiente was absorbed into Aguila and La Arana with all the remaining players in the game choosing a rock out of a bag to determine their new tribes. The tribes stayed in this formation until Day 19 when they merged at eleven, naming themselves Tenochtitlan by Billy.

iS Points (known as iS Pesos) returned with the Castaways starting out with a pre-determined amount, earning more by placing first in the Immunity Challenge as a tribe earning 50 pesos with second place just securing Immunity, or ranking in 1st place in the "Player of the Week" poll conducted by the Alumni which earned 10 pesos. When the game shifted to Individual Immunities, peso rewards were reduced to 10 pesos as well. Tie-break situations would not be resolved by points as what happened in the previous season, instead being resolved by past votes. A Final Three faced the Jury this season, the first time since Faroe Islands.

Kurtis won the game in a 7-1-0 vote defeating Joe and Rich.

Sassy won the Player of the Season Award with 17% of the vote beating Bryan, Kurtis and T.J.


Season 18 was officially announced on March 1st, 2013 after the Bali reunion. Sandros, Kirin and Tucker confirmed their return to the series along with newcomer Adrian. Casting for the season began June 22nd, 2013 through the game forum with the cast announcement on July 14th. This season saw the first full cast of new players since Congo with the roster expanded to eighteen. When it came to choose the cast, Production introduced a third tribe (La Araña) at the last minute due to balance out stronger players.

Other twists up for consideration were East Coast vs. West Coast and tribes based on their status in the Educational system (Middle School, High School, College, University etc.) a second U.S. vs. The World originally used in Congo was also up for consideration but was rejected and later used in Russia. Alumni of the series were invited to watch the game and vote in weekly polls and discuss the game in real-time. Seven former players were selected as Prediction Writers who would have access to castaway journals whilst the Alumni would have exclusive access to tribe forums.

Proboards Change

iSurv1vor is ran on the free message board service Proboards which involved a drastic change in the way the forum is designed in April 2013. Mexico will be the first season to be played under the new style. The Production Team have confirmed that this season, those exclusive to the alumni group will have access to confessionals.

Tribal Council Idol

Similar to that of the Hidden Immunity Idol in Congo, the castaways were informed that their iS Points (pesos) would be used to take part in a Silent Auction at the start of their Tribal Council. When a player casts their vote privately, they will also bid all or a portion of the points they've earned so far in the competition. If they are successful, the Idol immediately negates any/all votes cast against that person. The Idol is then returned to the Host and will appear at subsequent Tribal Councils until the Final Five players. Buying the Idol to play on another person is not permitted.

Pre-Existing Relationships

As is routine with Online Reality Games, certain players have competed with/against the same people. This season, twelve of the castaways were informed they would be playing against somebody they know and they are under no obligation to work together, similar to Bermuda.

YouTube Facebook Frenemies
Mexicodashon Mexicodavey Mexicoslayer Mexicotina Mexicojermin Mexicosassy
Dashon Davey Slayer Tina Jermin Sassy
Previous Game[1] Tengaged Old-School
Mexicocody Mexicoskylar Mexicojacob Mexicojoe Mexicokurtis Mexicotq
Cody Skylar Santiago Joe Kurtis TQ


Six members of the cast were unknown to the others and were regarded as Strangers.

Mexicobilly Mexicobryan Mexicojohn Mexicotj Mexicorich Mexicozavi
Billy Bryan John T.J. Rich Zavi


Mexico drew acclaim and a return to form for iSurv1vor with alumni praising the cast and overall gameplay but with a less than favorable final three that had Kurtis as the clear favorite to win. During the live finale, Sandy commented that "It [Mexico] is up there in my favorite seasons, but because it's so fresh in my mind I'd have to come back in a few months and make a final call."


  • This is the first eighteen player season since Arabia.
  • La Arana was a last minute decision to incorporate three tribes after expanding the cast from sixteen to eighteen.
  • Sandy, Kirin and Tucker's avatars were determined by which tribe they backed. Tucker had Aguila, Kirin had La Arana and Sandy had Serpiente. This had zero impact on the game.
    • Adrian had a Gold avatar suggesting the merge tribe color but was later changed to pink.
  • Tribes weren't divided by "common-ground" unlike the last two seasons, being drafted by Production prior to the game starting.
  • All Episode titles will be in Spanish.
  • Sassy, Slayer and Zavi are nicknames for Cassandra, Michael and Peter respectively.
  • In Episode 4, the original Immunity Challenge "Cactus Jack" was scrapped part-way through due to a conflicting issue with accumulating points. The challenge was replaced with a variation of the game "21" - this is the first time in the history of the series that the original challenge did not happen.
  • Every member of the original La Arana tribe that made the merge all won Individual Immunity at one point.
  • This is the series first all-male Final Three to face a Jury vote to win.
  • Rich, is the second person to earn zero votes on reaching the Final Tribal Council.


  1. These two players competed in a Survivor Chronicles

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