Nope, each level takes a variable number of Goal to finish. Goal doesn't carry over. What makes this strategy so effective is that you're basically fitting 24 Goal worth of points into the space of 9. Single->Single->no lines until Goal == 9, Tetris->TSD. If the first level starts you with less than 9 Goal, -- Tetris Friends starts Level 1 with 5 -- Single->Single->no lines, Single->Single->no lines, TSD. Level 2 might start you with 9 Goal, so go straight into the Tetris->TSD.