I am itching to level this class once i get access to Whitegate. I have only really leveled SCH and BRD so I was wondering if a PUP/SCH would be a decent combo?
PUP/SCH was used in the past, and it's still very viable what with all the magic atma stacking with attachments such as Ice Maker.
I know in the higher levels it is for Sleep soloing. Can I essentially be a melee mage with a puppet?
You don't melee as /SCH, you sleep-nuke things as if you were a BLM.
I don't expect to do heavy damage either melee or magic but it cant be that bad?
PUP/WAR is the choice for doing damage, especially with the new WSes capable of opening a Lv 3 SC with either Stringing Pummel or Victory Smite. I've taken a good chunk of a NM's hp out each solo SC.
also on a side note about the puppet's spell casting abilities. Does it automatically cast the spell that the target is weak to? I've seen some videos of it casting consistently the same spell over and over again on one mob, then consistently casting a different spell on another.
It casts the highest spell it can that it knows won't get resisted. Unfortunately, it doesn't take into consideration any elements that a monster can absorb. There are two timers that the automaton looks at when casting: spell recast and global recast. If global recast is down and spell recast isn't, it'll pick the next spell that fulfills the first requirement that I stated above.