To start with, I'm glad to see others chiming in on the thread. It is straying from the original question but still remaining close enough.
Now, on to Deathdefy's post....
And, since this should be kept within the context of the thread itself, discussing other character classes than ranger is immaterial since that doesn't get anyone the ranger past life.
Now, I'm more interested in this observation:
Frankly, heroic content is so easy that any approach works. But, in the case of a ranger leveled for the purpose of a past life, STR is still the best option.