Martin is a master of the character development while Jordan was a a great world builder, though I believe Erikson (Malazan) surpasses both.
I don't know why people even compare both series, they are too different and have their own strenghts, problems and uniqueness,. Martin is also a huge WOT fan, he made a few references on ASOIAF about Jordan.
>I didn't mind the slow pace of that story
I don't mind it too, though I think books 8 and 10 were atrocious. Sanderson is also a great writer and I think his books are very good, on the same level as the ones that Jordan wrote. His Stormlight archives is my favorite series of this decade.
Can we turn this thread into a /sffg/ (sci-fi and fantasy general)? I don't think there are enough people to discuss only ASOIAF here, but maybe the genre is popular enough to get more replies.