Subjective opinion is subjective. There is no factual way to prove it is better all you will get is people that like guild wars 1 supposedly deep combat system with tinted glasses syndrome talk about how awesome, it was 7 years ago. Then you have people who enjoy a more active and less boring combat system.
Personally, any game where you press a melee skill and the character auto follows isn't really fun.
So everything is subjective provided you think GW2 is better instead if looking at everything through tinted glasses syndrome? Ya, good one.
There is a reason that 99% the PvP player base of GW1 has left GW2 for LoL or other games. The combat system is one major reason.
I really thing that you are giving too much credit to auto-following being an automatic determination for whether something is a success or failure.