All of my characters are power based and I wanted to try a (degen) condition based character. I am happy with my martial professions where they are, so I figured I'd try it on a mesmer after glancing over the staff skills. After playing her to level 30, I think I picked the one class where conditions other than confusion are just not an option. For people with level 80 mesmers, is that basically true? The staff is too inconsistent and isn't really able to stack. A warrior or thief can easily stack conditions on entire mobs, and my mesmer can not.
Am I wrong that the best/only way to play mesmers is by using confusion and shattering? Even using a staff I do most of my damage shattering the number 2 skill. 4 is counterproductive and 5 recharges too slowly. Or do I need to dig a little deeper? I know traits can conceal a lot of neat builds that are not obvious.