Candlestick Maker is an Action card from Guilds. It provides Coffers and non-terminal +buy.
- You get +1 Action and +1 Buy, and add a token to your Coffers mat.
Candlestick Maker is a weak non-terminal source of Coffers and +Buy. As a stop card that provides only a small amount of payload, roughly equivalent to a Copper, its ability to provide +Buy is usually its most important feature. Although +Buy is an important addition to most engines, many other sources of it are overall stronger cards, often because they also provide draw (e.g. Barge) or offer other benefits that provide more value per stop card (e.g. Merchant Guild). Candlestick Maker’s main advantages are that it is cheap and non-terminal, and therefore relatively easy to add to your deck in the midgame. Gaining one the shuffle before you expect to generate enough to effectively use the +Buy is usually best.
As a source of payload, Candlestick Maker is marginally better than Copper. Its Coffers do provide a useful increase in flexibility: even in small quantities, these can have a significant effect on your ability to hit price points, for example by potentially letting you spike a large amount of . However, because both Coffers and additional Buys have diminishing returns, you usually won’t want more than one or two copies. Candlestick Maker does offer synergies that Copper doesn’t, most often when you specifically need Action-based payload. Some examples include decks using draw-to-X effects or Scrying Pool for which Candlestick Maker becomes somewhat more appealing.
| +1 Action
Take a Coin token.
| +1 Action
|Guilds & Cornucopia (2017 printing)||March 2018|
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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.