I have a level 19 character that has 16 levels of Warblade and 3 levels in non-initiator classes. Due to the way initiator levels are determined, I qualify for my first 9th-level maneuver at this level.
My character has three Diamond Mind maneuvers, and I have my eyes on getting Time Stands Still. I need four Diamond Mind maneuvers to get Time Stands Still. I also get a stance this level, so I get Stance of Alacrity - a Diamond Mind stance. Stances count as maneuvers for the purpose of determining pre-reqs. However, I still question if I am eligible to get Time Stands Still from a timing perspective. Taking feats happens in a sequential order. For example, a Fighter can take Cleave as his second level 1 feat if he has taken Power Attack as his first feat. However, gaining maneuvers is a part of a class ability.
So, my question is this: Can I take my stance and maneuver in a certain order and, thus, get Time Stands Still at this level, or does the choosing of the stances and maneuvers happen at the same time? If it is the latter, I suspect the fact that I took a qualifying stance this level won't register on time, thus meaning I will have to wait until next level to get Time Stands Still. Any insight on this matter would be most appreciated.