If I use Felidar Guardian to exile a transformed Soul Seizer I control, does it return as the enchantment and is put in the graveyard, or is it returned as the creature Soul Seizer?

I think exiling makes it lose all properties prior to the exiling, so it should return as the creature, shouldn't it?

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    If an aura like Ghastly Haunting enters the battlefield like that, it doesn't go to the graveyard, you actually attach it to a legal enchantment target. And if it doesn't have anything to attach to, it would stay in exile instead.
    – murgatroid99
    Jun 27, 2019 at 16:40

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Yes, you are right: the rules say

400.7. An object that moves from one zone to another becomes a new object with no memory of, or relation to, its previous existence. There are nine exceptions to this rule:

But being transformed or not is not listed among the exceptions.

So in exile it's no longer transformed, and it will return to the battlefield as a creature, as that is the 'normal' way for this object to enter the battlefield:

711.8. A double-faced card enters the battlefield with its front face up by default. If a spell or ability puts it onto the battlefield “transformed,” it enters the battlefield with its back face up.

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    I suggest quoting rule 711.8 as the rules reference for the last sentence.
    – murgatroid99
    Jun 27, 2019 at 16:33
  • Right, that certainly doesn't hurt ...
    – Glorfindel
    Jun 27, 2019 at 17:28

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