Responding to Land Drops

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I often play Ghost Quarter (I know, I suck), and I'm often annoyed that my opponent can get at least one use out of their special lands (i.e., Moorland Haunt, Vault of the Archangel, KESSIG WOLF RUN) before the system lets me destroy it. I was under the impression that I could use Ghost Quarter as an instant and immediately destroy the land the moment it enters the battlefield. Am I incorrect?
Yes, you are incorrect.  Your activation of Ghost Quarter goes on the stack, they get a chance to respond.  I think.
Thank you, Erik.
It is incorrect, but not for that reason.

Playing of lands does not use the stack and does not pass priority. So you never have the chance to react with an instant before its usage.
The same goes for resolved artifacts/planeswalkers and such.

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Even if the rules were set up such that you could, somehow, get priority immediately after the land came into play, if you used your Ghost Quarter, the opponent could still respond by tapping that land for mana (or activating some other ability) while the destroy effect was on the stack.
Activating mana abilities does not use the stack, so in that sense you won't be able to destroy or tap a land before it can be used to draw mana.

Special game actions, like playing a land, combat damage, and drawing your card for the turn - these do not use the stack either. They merely happen, and then the active player gains priority again. 
I often play Ghost Quarter (I know, I suck), and I'm often annoyed that my opponent can get at least one use out of their special lands (i.e., Moorland Haunt, Vault of the Archangel, KESSIG WOLF RUN) before the system lets me destroy it. I was under the impression that I could use Ghost Quarter as an instant and immediately destroy the land the moment it enters the battlefield. Am I incorrect?



You can Ghost Quarter to destroy a land as an instant, but they can activate their land as an instant. Instants and instant-speed activated abilities don't immediately resolve, they can be responded to by other Instants and activated abilities.

Playing a land, on the other hand, is special. It just happens, no player can respond to it. Lick rukcus said, there are a few "special actions" which "just happen." 
Even if you COULD respond to "playing a land", that would be like responding to casting a creature: the creature spell is still on the stack when you respond to the casting (eg. to counter it).

So if you could use Ghost Qarter in response to a land being played, the land wouldn't be in play yet when you were responding to the land play. So whether it uses the stack or not is irrelevant in this case.

The reason land plays don't use the stack is because they can't be countered (or rather, WotC thinks it shouldn't be possible).

Anyway, we've established that the land must be in play for your quarter to be able to do anything. Now the stack comes into play and it turns out it doesn't matter if you are first or not, only the order in which things happen changes:

1) You tap quarter to destroy land X - opponent reponds by tapping land X for its ability. Ability goes off, land gets destroyed.

2) Opponent taps land X for its ability - you respond by using quarter. Land gets destroyed, special ability goes off.

Either way they get one use. If you don't want that, what you're looking for is LD that has split second (doesn't exist yet).
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what you're looking for is LD that has split second (doesn't exist yet).

In the theoretical situation that this exists, it still is not possible.

The player playing the land and using the land will always have priority until a spell/ability is played/triggered.
There is nothing you can do about tapping just played lands.

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There is technically a way to interfere. If there is a triggered ability that triggers off a land entering play, such as Shattered Angel, you can respond to that trigger with a split second effect (for example Word of Seizing) provided your opponent doesn't activate it in response to the trigger. Not useful for Standard, aand somewhat convoluted, but a possibility.
Historical Magic tidbit:  Before the rules for Madness were fixed, the end of the window where you could play a spell with Madness keyed off of you passing priority.  This means you could trigger madness, play a land (while not passing priority), then pay the madness cost.
Historical Magic tidbit:  Before the rules for Madness were fixed, the end of the window where you could play a spell with Madness keyed off of you passing priority.  This means you could trigger madness, play a land (while not passing priority), then pay the madness cost.



I never knew this.
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what you're looking for is LD that has split second (doesn't exist yet).

In the theoretical situation that this exists, it still is not possible.

The player playing the land and using the land will always have priority until a spell/ability is played/triggered.
There is nothing you can do about tapping just played lands.



Split second would be useful in situation 1) of the two I wrote about. Don't ignore half my post ok. In the other situation Stifle might help.
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Historical Magic tidbit:  Before the rules for Madness were fixed, the end of the window where you could play a spell with Madness keyed off of you passing priority.  This means you could trigger madness, play a land (while not passing priority), then pay the madness cost.



This was a cool trick with Rites of Spring, since it let you discard and search for the land to play all in one spell resolution.
what you're looking for is LD that has split second (doesn't exist yet).

In the theoretical situation that this exists, it still is not possible.

The player playing the land and using the land will always have priority until a spell/ability is played/triggered.
There is nothing you can do about tapping just played lands.



Split second would be useful in situation 1) of the two I wrote about. Don't ignore half my post ok. In the other situation Stifle might help.


You said 'either way' in the same paragraph, so I assumed you meant in both situations.

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Even were split second involved they would still be able to tap it for mana use but not activate special abilities.   Lands be cool that way.
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