Hardco over Robthomasson 2-1
Unfortunately, I felt that the first two games were decided by early events. Game one Robthomasson got an early 4 cost ship for free for an early boost. Game two I got a first turn scrap of all of my Vipers, leading to a turn 3 Ark. Even still, that game was close.
In game 3 we were both up to a slow start, but his deck seemed more aggressive. Eventually I picked up a Command Ship, which combined with some Blob allowed me to draw the deck one turn, and a fair bit of it the next turn to just finish him off.
Nice match, if only there was a way to turn off events and keep all the ships...
I seemed to end up going/hoping for the aggro style "early kill before he builds up his forces" in all three games - with success in the first, narrow failure in the second and wide failure in the third. The events did influence the first two games - the effect of being lucky with them does always seems to be more apparent than when, say, you get a lovely drop into the trade row or pull the right card combo. I guess it is exaggerated because they are events - ones that the players have no control over at all.
In any case - congrats to hardco and his nice, tight play. I prefer to lose to the eventual winner - so please make that so.