My master diviner can get three pips at the start if you count power pips (not to mention often four) with my sword-wand (not sure what to call it, is it a sword? Is it a wand? Hmmm :P ) it depends on there wand.
It's because Death and Life give power pips. So do their rings and anthames (Sorry if misspelled)! In PVP, going against Storm, their able to StormZilla on first round. Life would be able to Regenerate and Death could Skeletal Pirate. Ice however, would start out with maybe 3 or 4.