|“||We are not the Brain tribe. We're the crap-for-Brain tribe.||”|
–Kass, on her tribe after a series of failures
Informally known as the tribe of "Brains", the tribe failed to live up to their description as a tribe steeped in intelligence due to their overall dysfunction. Their tribe color is green.
The tension in the Luzon tribe started the moment the game started, when their elected Tribe Leader, David Samson was tasked to remove which tribe member he felt was the weakest, where he chose Garrett Adelstein, a curious choice since he appeared to be the most in shape member of the tribe. David blatantly explained his decision, saying that he was already preparing for the final two-thirds of the game. David's decision, however, sent Garrett to their camp via helicopter, while the rest of the tribe walked their way to it. At camp, Garrett was given a choice between a clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol or a bag of rice, in which he chose the former. With the help of the clue, Garrett found the idol just in time before his tribemates arrived.
Dysfunction set in early as Luzon found itself under the hapless leadership of J'Tia Taylor, whose ideas on how to build their shelter proved to be a failure in execution. Kass's confessional summed up the chaos well, "What was the criteria for the Brains tribe again? I would like to see that data?". The tribe's ineptitude carried over at the inaugural Immunity Challenge on Day 3, continually stumbling throughout the course and barely even starting with the puzzle-solving phase of the challenge. Luzon lost, and at Tribal Council, Garrett collected his revenge for David selling him out on Day 1, leading the charge to vote him out, 4-2.
Kass McQuillen, the only one not in on David's blindside, then found herself to be a swing vote between two factions: the men, Garrett and Spencer Bledsoe, and the women, J'Tia and Tasha Fox. At the second Immunity Challenge on Day 6, J'Tia proved to be a liability, single-handedly losing the challenge for the tribe after blowing an enormous lead. Putting the blame on J'Tia's head, Garrett initiated an open forum back at camp, stating that the best move for the tribe was to vote out J'Tia, a gesture which the rest of the tribe detested, most notably Tasha, who wanted to play strategically as opposed to Garrett's perceived ethical approach. While the rest of the tribe was scrambling around the beach, a disgruntled J'Tia, who was left alone in the shelter, threw much of the tribe's rice supply into the fire.
At Tribal Council that night, Garrett and Tasha argued over their conflicting strategies, with Tasha even blaming Garrett for the rice incident, reasoning that had he not started the open forum, then J'Tia would not have done what she did. During the heated argument, Garrett accidentally mentioned having an alliance with Kass and Spencer which confirmed Tasha's fears that she was not a part of Garrett's long term game. Garrett tried to backtrack saying he just needed J'Tia out not Tasha, but that only made Kass less trusting of him. In the end, Kass was convinced to join the women, voting Garrett, who left his idol with him at camp, out, 3-2.
On Day 8, desperate for a win, Tasha insisted that they should practice before the Immunity Challenge, though the practice proved to be inconsequential as the tribe still floundered at the actual challenge. However, Luzon secured second place, winning their first challenge.
For Luzon, however, the third Immunity Challenge would be the first and last challenge they would ever win. Despite Spencer's efforts to win the next Reward and Immunity Challenges, Luzon found themselves at Tribal Council for a third time, mostly due to J'Tia's questionable challenge ability and capacity to volatility. Despite her loyalty to the women, Kass and Tasha sided with Spencer, choosing challenge strength over their alliance in a unanimously eliminating J'Tia in a 3-1 vote.
On Day 12, the Luzon tribe was dissolved, with Kass, Spencer, and Tasha subjected to a Tribe Switch along with the eleven other castaways. However, in a luck of a draw, all three remaining Luzon members were assigned to the new Aparri tribe, ending their days as members of Luzon.
- According to host Jeff Probst, the Luzon tribe has a combined average IQ of 130.
- No member of Luzon was switched to Solana after the Tribe Switch, as all three remaining members went to Aparri.
- All three members of Luzon who reached the Tribe Switch returned for Cambodia.
- Luzon's camp was located at the same beach as Tadhana in Blood vs. Water - Cape Engaño Cove.
- Luzon is the third tribe from the American version to have a foreign counterpart, following Koror from Palau, and Airai from Micronesia.