I'm glad I learned to print on graded papers first, because I learned to optimize the workflow based on relatively basic parameters. In fact, many
times I use VC papers in the same manner, without any filtration control. But then it there when I need it - a bit of punch to the highlights or
shadows, respectively; differential dodging/burning with different filters; and of course, the occasional negative that requires full split printing
technique. In fact, split printing can be used supplementary to ordinary VC printing with milder filters, as needed. So none of these printing methods is "one versus another". These are just different tools to have in your toolbox.