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Invasion of the Champions
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Season 29
Episodes 19 (including reunion and three specials)
Aired from February 7 – May 16, 2017
Location Krabi, Thailand
Winners Chris Tamburello
Ashley Mitchell
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Invasion of the Champions is the 29th season of The Challenge. Filming started in October and ended in November 2016.

Description

The Challenge: Invasion of the Champions brings together 18 Underdogs to battle across a series of contests for the chance to move out of squalor and into typical Challenge luxury, The Oasis! Just when the lucky ones get comfortable, they’ll find the game is far from over. The final crop of Underdogs will have to face down eight proven Champions for their share at the $350,000 prize. With devastating elimination rounds, truly baffling hookups and the first-ever three-day final on the way, Season 29 may just prove to be the most unpredictable and gripping yet!

Cast

Male contestants
Player Original Season Finish
Chris Tamburello RW: Paris Winner
Nelson Thomas AYTO? 3 Runner-Up
Cory Wharton RW: Ex-Plosion Third Place
Darrell Taylor RR: Campus Crawl Episode 12/13
Shane Landrum RR: Campus Crawl Episode 11/12
Hunter Barfield AYTO? 3 Episode 11
Johnny Devenanzio RW: Key West Episode 9/10
Dario Medrano AYTO? 2 Episode 8
Zach Nichols RW: San Diego (2011) Episode 7
Tony Raines RW: Skeletons Episode 6
Anthony Bartolotte AYTO? 2 Episode 4
Theo Bradley RW Seattle: Bad Blood Episode 3
Bruno Bettencourt RW: Skeletons Episode 2
Female contestants
Player Original Season Finish
Ashley Mitchell RW: Ex-Plosion Winner
Camila Nakagawa Spring Break Challenge Runner-Up
Nicole Zanatta RW: Skeletons Third Place
Laurel Stucky Fresh Meat II Episode 12
Amanda Garcia AYTO? 3 Episode 11
Jenna Compono RW: Ex-Plosion
Cara Maria Sorbello Fresh Meat II Episode 9/10
Sylvia Elsrode RW: Skeletons Episode 8
Ashley Kelsey RW: San Diego (2011) Episode 7
Kailah Casillas RW: Go Big or Go Home Episode 6
LaToya Jackson RW: St. Thomas Episode 4
Anika Rashaun RW Seattle: Bad Blood Episode 3
Marie Roda RW: St. Thomas Episode 2

Format

The game started off with 18 Underdogs (players who have yet to win a challenge) who get dropped off a boat and onto a beach, where they were living in "The Shelter." They compete individually in challenges, followed by an elimination round.The male and female winners of the challenge would be safe from elimination, and earn their ticket to "The Oasis" — the season house. The last-place finishers of each gender automatically went straight into elimination for the first challenge.

In the second challenge, the challenge winners will choose a player of the opposite gender to go into the elimination. The remainder of the cast then voted in who goes against them for the first and second challenge. The males voted for the females, and vice versa.

In the third challenge, and the last chance to earn a ticket to the Oasis, the winners will be safe from elimination, and the two remaining players of each gender will automatically compete against each other. In the elimination, each gender will compete. The winners of the elimination round would return to the game, and earn a ticket to The Oasis. The losers of the elimination round go home. Players could not go into The Oasis until every ticket had been earned. Players who earned their ticket to the Oasis will be exempt from elimination and will not compete in challenges until the Champions enter the game.

In Episode 5, eight of the toughest champions (four male, four female) will enter the game, which will become a team competition - Underdogs vs. Champions. Each challenge will be designated as either an Underdog or a Champion elimination known as "The Fortress". The winning team will earn $10,000, $15,000, or $30,000 in their team bank account. The best performing male and female of the team designated for the challenge will then choose one player of each gender to go into the elimination. The remainder of the cast will then vote in the players who will go against the nominated players in The Fortress. The winners return to the game, and the losers are eliminated.

In the final challenge, the teams are dispersed and the money banked from the challenges are split amongst the respective team members. The remaining money in the pot is determined by final placement.

Money for finalists is split as follows:

  • First Place: $100,000 each
  • Second Place: $15,000 each
  • Third Place: $5,000 each

Game Summary

Elimination chart

Episode N/A Winners Elimination contestants Elimination game Elimination outcome
# Challenge Last-place Voted In Winner Loser
1/2 The Over Under Nicole Marie Kailah In The Trenches Kailah Marie
Dario Bruno Tony Tony Bruno
Challenge Winners Winner's pick Voted In Elimination game Winner Loser
3 Shell Shocked Hunter Theo Cory Who's Got Balls? Cory Theo
Ashley M. Jenna Anika Jenna Anika
Challenge Winners Last-place Elimination game Winner Loser
4 Caged and Confused Amanda LaToya Sylvia Thai Rise Sylvia LaToya
Shane Anthony Nelson Nelson Anthony
Challenge Fortress Team Winners Player's Pick Voted In Fortress Game Winner Loser
5/6 Knockout Underdogs Underdogs Sylvia Kailah Tuk Tuk Bang Bang Sylvia Kailah
Tony Shane Shane Tony
7 Roll With The Punches Champions Champions Cara Maria Ashley K. Pole Wrestle Cara Maria Ashley K.
Zach Darrell Darrell Zach
8 Curry Up Underdogs Champions Nelson Dario Bell Ringer Nelson Dario
Jenna Sylvia Jenna Sylvia
9/10 Fallout Champions Underdogs Bananas vs. Darrell Balls In Darrell Bananas
Cara Maria vs. Laurel Laurel Cara Maria
10 Crossover N/A Underdogs N/A
Challenge Bloodbath Team WinnersFortress contestants Fortress game WinnerLoser
11/12 X-It Underdogs N/A Hunter
Jenna
N/A Ashley M. vs. Amanda vs. Nicole Inside Out Ashley M. Amanda
Nicole
Cory vs. Nelson vs. Shane Nelson Shane
Cory
Challenge Fortress Team Winners Fortress contestants Fortress Game Winner Loser
12/13 Caved In Champions Underdogs Camila vs. Laurel Knot So Fast Camila Laurel
CT vs. Darrell CT Darrell
13/14/15 Final Challenge N/A CT 2nd place: Nelson; 3rd place: Cory
Ashley M. 2nd place: Camila; 3rd place: Nicole

Notes

  • Theo quit the elimination in episode 3 and win the win was given to Cory.
  • No Fortress was held after the "Crossover" challenge.

Fortress Progess

Males Episodes
1/2345/6789/101011/1212/13Finale
CT N/A SAFESAFESAFEWIN SAFESAFE ELIM WINNER
Nelson SAFESAFEELIM SAFESAFEELIM SAFE SAFEELIMSAFE SECOND
Cory SAFEELIMSAFE SAFESAFE SAFESAFE SAFEELIMSAFE THIRD
Darrell N/A SAFEELIMSAFEELIM SAFESAFEOUT
Shane SAFESAFEWIN ELIMSAFE SAFE SAFE SAFEOUT
Hunter SAFEWINSAFE SAFESAFE WIN SAFE SAFEOUT
Bananas N/A SAFE WIN SAFE OUT
Dario WIN SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE OUT
Zach N/A SAFE OUT
Tony ELIM SAFE SAFE OUT
Anthony SAFESAFEOUT
Theo SAFEQUIT
Bruno OUT
Females Episodes
1/2345/6789/10101112Finale
Ashley M. SAFEWINSAFE WINSAFE SAFE SAFE SAFEELIMSAFE WINNER
Camila N/A SAFESAFESAFE WIN SAFESAFEELIM SECOND
Nicole WIN SAFE SAFE SAFESAFEWIN SAFE SAFEELIMSAFE THIRD
Laurel N/A SAFEWINSAFE ELIM SAFESAFEOUT
Amanda SAFESAFEWIN SAFESAFE SAFE SAFE SAFEOUT
Jenna SAFEELIMSAFE SAFESAFEELIMSAFE SAFEOUT
Cara Maria N/A SAFE ELIM SAFE OUT
Sylvia SAFESAFEELIM ELIMSAFE OUT
Ashley K. N/A SAFE OUT
Kailah ELIM SAFE SAFE OUT
LaToya SAFESAFEOUT
Anika SAFEOUT
Marie OUT
Competition
     The contestant won the final challenge.
     The contestant did not win the final challenge.
     The contestant won safety from the elimination.
     The contestant won the challenge, but was subject to the elimination round.
     The contestant was exempt from participating in the elimination round.
     The contestant was not selected for the elimination round.
     The contestant won in the elimination round.
     The contestant won the elimination round by default.
     The contestant lost in the elimination round and was eliminated.
     The Underdog came in last place in the Underdog Bloodbath and was automatically eliminated from the game.
     The contestant withdrew from the elimination round.
Notes
  • In Episodes 3 and 4, a contestant is exempt from both challenge participation and elimination after earning a ticket into the Oasis — the result of either winning a challenge or an elimination.
  • The Underdogs participate in individual challenges from Episodes 1–4. When the Champions enter the competition in Episode 5, all contestants will be separated into two teams — Champions and Underdogs.
  • The first three elimination rounds were not given a name. Beginning with the fourth challenge, the elimination round is known as "The Fortress."

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