I don't know. It adds layers I guess. It isn't just a, "Oh hey, lets fight!" It makes the game a challenge to the characters. Each character has a reason to be there and you can feel for them. In DOTA 2, what lore I have seen explains what they are. In LoL, it explains why they are. Katarina isn't just a set of boobs with a bunch of knives, she is a zealot for a doctrine of advancement of her nation. Garen isn't a dizzy fool, he is the paragon of justice and order. Then we get the character rivalries. Ashe and Sejuani, Rengar and Kha'zix, TF and Graves. They are butting heads, trying to prove themselves.