Paragon is great for mastering both the dead flip and tap pass. Both are essential for posting a decent score.
On occasion, I will also do a controlled drop catch on the lower right flipper, not so far back as to send it back through the split between the two right flippers, but just forward enough to kill the inertia of the moving ball. By the time the flipper is back in the down position, the ball is gently rolling toward the tip, and you can take your shot at the Valley of Demons. It's a super high risk to reward shot, but always makes me smile when I can pull it off.