Quoted from CLEllison:
LOL. yes you are absolutely 100% correct! But to see people talking about how far they got on 5 balls grinds on me a tad. Youre in essence cheating! As far as getting to taba, not that I personally do this but start a mode, stall the ball, let the mode time out, collect 3 rings, start the mode, stall the ball... wash rinse repeat... play TABA. LOL. I'm a humble and funny guy. To each their own. But if a person plays 5 ball, they lose bragging rights.
My "skills" .... I have NEVER reached Valinor in 6 years. I have played a 45 minute game. I have NEVER "beat" ROTK. My highscore is 312 million. (Way above twin galaxies record and I am the epitome of average player). Pretty damn ridiculous and so help me God the day I reach Valinor that machine is going up for sale!
I think the 3-ball game is more than enough, but I would not disparage anyone for wanting to explore the game further with more. Including extra balls from score, Bara-Dur, elf gifts, etc, I have had 6 extra balls on ball 1, which means it's a 9-ball game if you score well and it's possible to get at least 1 more from there. That's plenty, IMO.
I try to complete each TABA mode, but otherwise completely agree on going for elf rings again immediately when a mode is done.. Manipulating the ring modes to be able to repeat ROTK (via Ents) is, IMO, central to getting to Valinor. TABA mode itself is challenging and a chance to double your score (or more) for each of those modes played. It's possible to get well over 50M (I have got 100M once with 2x and Gollum) on a completed TABA mode with double scoring. Said otherwise, if you like the modes and have some success with them, TABA can be as rewarding as Valinor in terms of points.