When is the substitution method easier to use?
Well, I would say that it is easier when you have few equations and variables. If you have 2 equations and 2 variables it is ok; when you get to 3 equations and 3 variables it becomes more complicated, it is still possible, but you have more work to do. The number of substitutions increases together with the possibility to make mistakes.
More than 3 equations and 3 variables and it gets almost impossible and other methods would be better.