Ive been paper mage and i noticed some things.
First : Paper mage should be played like bp. I mean that ppl that turn paper mage should do it when they have the good uniques/spear def. But as they can attack from a certain range, almost all noobs choose this class, regardless their uniques. Thats why everyone think that a paper mage is a oneshot. Would u think the same of a bp ? No cuz most of bps, have good uniques cuz they have to tank. But a good paper mage is FAR away of a oneshot.
from bigjuicyboobies : I agree.. paper sucks unless your looking for a 1 hit kill.
This is 100% wrong, u should see strom tankin some warriors or sin and u'll think different.
Second : Ive been most of the time fire/light for the famous charged blade (and thunder too :P ). Those skills are almost Useless against warriors cuz of their defense skill (45res to all), against priest (cuz usually they got a lot of rez), against good sin (with a decent light rez) and against light mage (cuz of their light rez too). (Dont tell me that its cuz i had not enough str/ap/mp or what u want cuz i was paper mage with lycaon staff+7 and my ap was like 92, ap of the staff was 70). This skill was effective against other paper, most of diez sin (those w/o light rez and magic shield) and against bp. When i see some movies like cama's ones or other movie showing a light mage (with int), and they are able to stun warriors/tank priest and good sins w/o problem (even orc staff >.<), the only explanation ive got is that its cuz of their int.
Imo, ppl that say that int mage stun at the same rate as a paper mage, are ppl that play a paper and stun only noobs, or ppl that play any other class and got pwned by any paper that light blade cuz they got a noob gear. Go buy Lr!