My friend has an original MM and it depends on the speed of the ball coming around or out of the loop. If it pops out of the Merlin scoop the ball is traveling slower and it sometimes hits the sling but never on top of the sling bouncing it to the drain. Usually it will still hit the right flipper and bounce to the left flipper. The center drain issue from hitting the castle is the same on the original as well. We have found that shooting the castle from the right flipper will drain way more often than shooting from the left. Just depends where you hit the castle will depend where the ball will come down.