Geez this thread starts to look as if Mesmers want to be the kings of 1v1 and nobody can challenge them and have a fair chance at beating them. They can block and have 2 teleports and powerfull phantasms and shatters and 5 weapons to swap all in 1 spec. Really?
I mean everyone knows that a thief with venom sharing and thieves guild + ambush trap is unbeatable with all cds up (given a skilled player that knows what he's doing, when to do it, and how).
Nobody said mesmer is a pushover fight, but claiming that is unbeatable in 1v1 is just a rich imagination. 1st: your dodge capability is limited. 2nd: you have cooldowns on your utility / defensive abilities, most of thief ones are initiative based which can be greatly improved by traits, 3rd: thief has better burst or condition damage than a mesmer and is all player related, no buggy AI involved (gl shattering a thief who Infilatror Arrow's or Shadowsteps to a ledge, then comes back at you when your clone army is half way around the map).
Stop presuming the thief runs heads on to you while you pop all your clones, cast all debuffs and buffs, and he tries to reach you ignoring the clones that own his butt, spamming his skills with full confusion stacks and what not. My take is you fought too many HS spamming noobs who are tunnel vision spamming 2 key not even seeing their screen.
I'll just repeat what i said above, i'm not a mesmer. So stop assuming i'm one and that i'm here only to brag about mesmers... With that being said, i've made my point in this thread. Believe whatever you want. You two are entitled to your opinion, as i'm entitled to mine, so let's leave it at that...