Sounds like a party pooper to me. Shitting on Starcraft because it delivered what little of it he expected it to deliver. Pro Starcraft players are celebrities. The game focuses on solid base mechanics. Its not about depth, but the lengthens you go to optimize the base mechanics. It's an overall good game but I don't like it because it uses strategy on a smaller scale. Compared to something like Total Annihilation/Supreme Commander which supports broad level strategy-strategy, even if its not competitive.
Maybe you just don't how to have fun if its not fed to you? (regretful person attacks achieved). All the sand box features and faction creator allow you to make whatever race you want, which plays however you want. Want to be Rohan from lord of the rings? Defensive/Archer/Lucky?/Masterwork Chainmail. Want to make a faction of ridiculously big conclaves, take Enchanters and research benefits.
It seems you're failing to play the strengths of each race, taking them all as the same. Thinking outside the box and playing to your races strengths is what makes them unique. YES Altar has bonuses that give them 'nothing unique'. I can get heroes and extra exp playing Tarth, useless. OR you can use these bonuses to come up with tricks. Altar can fuel diplomacy off of quest map influence, gaining resources to produce better units or even technology. They can even produce the unit (Henchmen) to run quests, training themselves and your standing army in between wars or front line action. What other race can do that?
I own Warlock and was looking forward to it so much, but the game is not half as good as Fallen Encahntress.
** Sorry this was for the OP, i quoted the wrong msg**