have to ask this somewhere, so im just gonna ask it here.
A good mage shits all over a hunter in a duel/1v1 unles they start with huge range between them yeh?
I just start off with a scatter, put a snake trap on him and gain some distance with cheetah, once he's going out of scatter just nuke as much as you can, he will most likely blink to you. If he does that i'll web him and silence and basically burst him as good as i can.
Once he's getting close to you i put down a frost trap, freedom myself and disengage away.
If he gets a DF onto you just trinket it, interrupt the frostbolt with a silence/scatter/FD. If you get caught into another nova without trinket up just deterrence.
It's usually an easy fight unless he uses every single CD and then he will usually atleast get you somewhat low on health because of the fact that they can sit in a full block with mirror images + water elemental on you.
Most good mages will try to kill your pet, they'll basically start off with polying you, FD first, silence next and deterrence third, if he gets a poly on you just trinket it and keep nuking, most mages will be at 10-30% hp already by the time they can get a clean poly off and then it's already too late for them to win the duel in most cases.