"The game introduces a very interesting concept that, to the best of my knowledge, has never made its way into any other RTS: altering the terrain"
Perimeter did just that a few years ago, that was an excellent game and very innovative. Maelstrom looks interesting but I think yours is the first positive review I've seen (from a decent source). Maybe I'll have to give it a try.
EDIT: I just realised that both games are from the same dev, which explains quite a lot :-P