I've tried to love my Mage. And then I tried to just LIKE her. It's more difficult than one might think. I've tried to rationalize, that I was spoiled by playing a warlock and a rogue, both of which are super-high damage with much less squishiness.
I've tried to justify my dissatisfaction by citing my preferred "Rambo" playstyle and utter lack of peripheral vision.
In the end, I think it all just boils down to one little fact. Despairity spends far more time as a Ghost than any other toon I've played.
It's really hard to like a Ghost.