When Maokai was released, I had just started seeing a therapist. I was depressed. I really enjoy tank/support champions, so he was a very pleasant addition to my playable characters. I could not realize at first, but game after game, after hearing his quotes over and over, I finally started connecting with him.
Have anyone ever stop to think about one of his quotes? It goes like: "I would end this burden, but it always returns".
Can you grasp the content of this phrase?
Well, it means Maokai tried to kill himself (I won't refer to him as "it").
Most of us are adults here, ok? We all get it, it's a game. But... when I realized the hell Maokai was going though. Trapped in a life he did not ask for, in a world he could not fully understand, surrounded by people that could not (or did not want to) help. I swear, it brought tears to my eyes. Because I can completely relate to that feeling.
And to finally state something: I believe that is the role of the lore in the game. Making you feel connected to something, making you think about yourself and the ones around you. Riot can only go so far with the lore, we have to meet in the middle. We have to reach and listen to the champions, because many of them have very deep messages behind them.
You may not like some of the stories told, you may call them "weak" or "fail", but remember that they mean something to someone over there. And every now and then, try to listen to what your favorite champion have to say. You might be surprised.
I'd like to thank Riot's artists who work on the champions lore. Especially the one responsible for Maokai's lore. You helped me a lot with the simple words of a sad tree.
And sorry for my english, hue hue hue hue hue.