I do so wish that the general public would stop whining about over/underpowered combat stats. Everything has its place - as most have said before me, used correctly magic is amazing.
I'll concede, however, that the pking community does try incredibly hard to make magic bad. What with constant crying about farcasting etc., edge is trying to be made into a solely torso-whip-dds spot, something I find terribly boring. I say get defence, don some mage tank gear and barrage your heart out. You'll find that on its own magic is deadly - especially against a wild who's tried its hardest to get rid of mage so that it can stop bringing hides.
The sad thing is none of them have hides and even after getting their [wagon] kicked they'll come back to fight you again - without hides! They actually think we'll quit "farcasting" them if they complain enough. Idiots.