Which ability scores are the most popular? Which are most likely to be dump stats?
You probably have some gut answers about this, based on what you’ve seen first-hand. I know I did.
But, to see whether my instincts were right, I recently analyzed the ability scores of 31 pregenerated characters gathered from the official D&D site (including the D&D Starter Set), as well as the winning pregen characters for D&D Adventurers League’s Elemental Evil scenario, and the winning pregens for the League’s Rage of Demons excursions.
The official pregenerated characters and the “cream of the crop” winning League pregenerated characters strike me as fairly representative of the larger pregenerated population — of what people choose to emphasize (or dump) when allocating a predetermined set of points. If you have doubts about that assumption, then you might not be persuaded by the rest of this piece. That’s fine.