I just had a thought.
Four of the six castaways at the Winners at War final 6 tribal were ineligible to receive votes. Here's a refresher: there were three idols in the game and the individual immunity necklace.
Natalie had an idol that she bought on the Edge.
Tony had an idol (either the Dakal or Sele idol previously played by Kim and Denise, respectively),
And Ben had the rehidden Yara idol (from when Sophie got blindsided with her idol in her pocket).
Additionally, Michele won immunity.
At tribal, Natalie played her idol, negating 4 votes. Then Tony and Ben played theirs realizing that whoever Nat and Michele voted for would go home. Ben's idol negated their two votes.
This left Sarah and Denise on the chopping block after a null vote.
On the revote, Denise got all four votes, being sent home in sixth place (even though I thought there would be a 2-2 tie and a dramatic fire-making challenge).
This made me think, what if Denise still had her idol? That would mean Sarah would have been out by default like Cirie in the final 6 of Game Changers. This idea isn't far-fetched and could have happened if certain criteria were met:
Denise only played Sandra's idol for herself after she was swap-screwed.
Denise never played her idol before this (very unlikely as she probably would have played it in the tribal were Tyson went home after the merge or the tribal were Kim went home)
Tony finds Kim's rehidden idol and not Denise's (nobody knows which he found)
All I'm saying is maybe, in an alternate universe, Denise does better than sixth place in Winners at War. If she had either saved her idol or Nat and Michele voted for Sarah on the revote, she could have possibly won.
I mean, maybe she could have won if she beat Tony in the final 4 fire-making challenge. She would have had a good resume then, taking out Tony, Sarah, and Sandra as well as managing to join the majority after clearly being on the bottom. Who knows? What do you guys think?