- You get +1 Action and +1 Buy, and add a token to your Coffers mat.
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Candlestick Maker is a fairly solidcard that is beneficial to most kinds of decks. While it doesn't draw anything, it's non-terminal, so one or two Candlestick Maker rarely get in the way of your engine. The Coin token is a very useful perk that helps add consistency between turns. You can't just buy as many Candlestick Maker as you want - after all, since it doesn't draw anything, it's a "dead" card in your hand in a way, but they're useful as seasoning.
Decks that don't care about, or even value, a reduced hand size are particularly good for Candlestick Maker. Draw-to-X cards, such as Watchtower or Jack of all Trades, work well with CSM. Library in particular works very well as you can bypass further CSM draws if Library used your last Action. Minion decks can nab a +Buy and a Coin token, then discard the current hand to keep cycling.
It is one of the best enablers of a Gardens rush in Dominion. Unlike traditional Gardens enablers, such as Workshop or Woodcutter, Candlestick Maker is non-terminal. You can play Candlestick Maker multiple times per turn, allowing you to gain cards extremely quickly, and in the early game you can buy a or Attack card (such as Militia) to slow your opponent down. Being able to save coin tokens between turns is very useful, as a hand with or in it doesn't make your rush hiccup. Since having more Candlestick Maker is strictly better than Copper, you should buy several (5 or more) Candlestick Makers before rushing the Gardens pile, ensuring ample +Buy and a very large deck very quickly. With Candlestick Maker, it's very possible to hit a 50 card deck well before the 20-turn mark.
- Terminal draw Big Money, to an extent.
- Opposing handsize reduction attacks
|+1 Action. +1 Buy. Take a Coin token.||Guilds 1st Edition||June 2013|
|+1 Action. +1 Buy. +1 Coffers.||Guilds 2nd Edition||March 2018|
Other language versions
|Finnish||Kynttilänvalaja (lit. candlemaker)|
|French||Cirier (lit. candlemaker)|
|German||Leuchtenmacher|| +1 Aktion
Nimm eine Münze
|Japanese||蝋燭職人 (pron. rōsoku shokunin, lit. candlemaker)||+1 アクション。 +1 購入。 コイントークン1枚を得る。|
|Korean||촛대제작자 (pron. chosdaejejagja)|
|Russian||Свечной Мастер (pron. cvyechnoy mastyer, lit. candle master)|
If you look closely at the art, you'll notice the man depicted is making the candelabra featured on Masterpiece. The cards' art share the same artist.
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