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Wood conditioner and rustoleum/varathane stain

I saw in Pete's live last night that he used briarsmoke stain on a table. Varathane states no need for wood conditioner with their stain. Do you guys use wood conditioner when staining with varathane  water based stains? If so what brand/kind? I can't imagine not using a Wood conditioner when working with a soft wood such as pine or spruce.

i have never used a wood conditioner when using water based stains; only oil based.  Ive never had an issue of botchiness or uneven color

I have never found any issue using only oil based.