Hi all ye denizens and lurkers.
Seeing as the Cleric kits are kind of meh compared to many other kits, I often find myself thinking of ways to improve the Cleric class by picking another class at first and then dualling early to a Cleric, possibly giving him way more interesting benefits than the kits give.
Here are the things I've come up with so far.
Fighter or Berserker 3 -> Cleric: A really quick dual that gives you Grand Mastery and one use of Rage if you go Berserker (sacrificing Slings somewhat). Grand Mastery is less penalizing for a Cleric I feel because of their limited weapon selection (basically you want to go for Flails I think).
Swashbuckler 5 -> Cleric: Another really quick dual that gives you -2 AC, -1 thac0, +1 dmg and some thief skill points (you could do Find Traps and Detect Illusions or just Pick Pockets or whatever). If you had another thief in the party this would free him up somewhat to go for other things, rounding out your party's thief skills.
Bounty Hunter 6 -> Cleric: This gives you some thiefs skills again and two uses of premeditated Slow.
Haven't thought of anything more, folks. Maybe I haven't given it that much thought, but I would love to hear your ideas. What other nifty things can you think of? What is best/coolest? Would you agree these are better than the Cleric kits?