Nohea's not off base, but only from a very elite level -- GT style. Locally, you only have a couple people that play that type of lists -- they're usually expensive and friend-losers. There are plenty of competitive armies that are out that don't depend on skew -- but you have to build it correctly, it has to be a toolbox army (Empire, Skaven), and you have to know what you're doing.
Biggest misconception that I see is that people think that the game isn't balanced. Sure, there are top and bottom armies, but there's nothing like 7th edition where Demons showed up and won. Bretonnia, a 10 year old book, has won 2 major GT's in the past 2 years. A non-skew VC list won Lonewolf this year. Is it different from 7th? Absolutely. But GW has done a much better job of going through and making things relatively balanced. It's also still tactical. Not to the level of the past, but differently. Plenty of movement games to play and gimmicks to be had -- if you look for them. This is why I believe a lot of people have come back to the game.