Special actions do not use the stack.

One of the most common phrases you'll hear said in a Magic game is 'in response...' However, there are a few things that do not use the stack and cannot be responded to. Today we are going to look at special actions. These are six specific actions that players choose to perform when they have priority. Some of these special actions also have other timing restrictions on them. Taking advantage of any of these does not use the stack. These special actions are: Playing a land. This obviously has

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When to pay mana for Leonin Arbiter’s ability

's static ability prevents player from searching their libraries unless they pay 2 mana. Paying this mana is a special action that can only be done when a player has priority. Technically speaking, in order to search your library you must pay this two mana before any effect that would allow you to search starts to resolve. For example, if you were to cast , you need to pay 2 mana to satisfy Leonin Arbiter's ability before passing priority to your opponent. Otherwise your opponent can pass priority

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