I reached survivor 14 with Zatman,Jackie,Dorian,Kolos,Ghumbo,Kenny,Nistroak and Ambre
To begin use a leader like Erik or Ambre and a clan u are used to (so u play better) later on use a attack manipulation clan+hugo
I reached 10 with allstars + uppers no leader
Probably the best survivor/DM deck that ive ever used is:
In my opinion, I'd try to build a deck that does not rely on their bonuses because most decks I see use SoA/SoB (Just like Pyrotechnitian's deck there...).
I personally use Skeelz/Piranas because one half protects itself from GHEIST, Roots, and the typical SoA card, while the other can stop even more than SoA. The sides together have plenty of DR, and their Confidence/Revenge abilities have good synergy.
Here's what I use. ( deleted ) I left Jay out because 7 power and DRs are common throughout Survivor.