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The simple answer is because they didn't exist yet. The origins of the Commander (or Elder Dragon Highlander) rule set date back to 1996, as discussed in this forum post. They've been modified many times by various people since then. So the real question is, why didn't the official Commander rules get modified to include Planeswalkers when they were ...


Your combo will not work for two reasons. Cloudstone Curio never triggers. Cloudstone Curio triggers when a nonartifact permanent enters the battlefield. Pierce Strider is an artifact, and so it will not cause Cloudstone Curio to trigger. You must choose another permanent. Cloudstone Curio says you may return another permanent. "Another" in this case ...


There are 2 reasons it doesn't work. One, even though it is a creatures, it is also an artifact, so it fails the nonartifact clause. Second, Curio also says "another permanent", meaning you can't bounce the permanent that just entered the battlefield.


As a rule of thumb - always assume controller unless the card says otherwise


All instances of the word "you" on an ability refer the controller of the source of that ability. 109.5. The words “you” and “your” on an object refer to the object’s controller, its would-be controller (if a player is attempting to play, cast, or activate it), or its owner (if it has no controller). For a static ability, this is the current controller ...

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