2019-04-16, 04:14 PM (ISO 8601)
Re: Deck of spells (3.5)
RAW, the Cure line is atrocious per level. Hilariously bad. They're so bad, it's better for a cleric to invest in preventative spells rather than heal, or offensive spells or summon.
Considering your guidelines, I'd recommend...
Ace of hearts: Magic Circle against Evil
King of Hearts: Displacement (A king should be hard to kill)
Queen of Hearts: Geas, Lesser (A queen should have powerful influence)
Jack of hearts: Spiritual Weapon
10 of hearts: Bear's Endurance (+4 Con means +2 fort & +2 hp/level at hours duration; ages better than CMW)
9 of hearts: Hold Person
8 of hearts: Protection from Energy
7 of hearts: Cure Light Wounds; cast this spell with your effective CL = your HD. (At least minimize the suck).
6 of hearts: Restoration, Lesser (a potent and useful spell that provides other healing)
5 of hearts: Shield of Faith
4 of hearts: Sanctuary
3 of hearts: Guidance
2 of hearts: Cure Minor Wounds
Now to spades! You've got fantastic level 2 picks except Acid Arrow. I'd replace with Alter Self and rearrange the list...except it's taken already. It's arguably the best 2nd-level spell, SRD or no. Not to worry. I see a fine choice:
8 of spades: Knock (Although it's not damage, it's fabulous utility.)
Last edited by ~Corvus~; 2019-04-16 at 04:17 PM.