Latrell Mitchell mastered, blasted and only needed a bit of backfield chewing gum to confirm his status as rugby league's answer to Viv Richards.
Yet for every moment of Mitchell brilliance, fellow NSW makeshift centre of excellence Tom Trbojevic answered with his own magic and another Origin hat-trick as the pair tore Queensland to shreds in a record 50-6 triumph.
Repeatedly the regular No.1s turned Origin centres found themselves linking in the backline and by midway through the second half, they were laying on tries for each other.
Three first-half tries in nine blistering minutes set up the Blues' biggest winning margin in Origin history – their 44-point thumping trumping the famous 'hand grenade' 56-16 victory of 2000.
While Trbojevic roamed wherever he pleased – from left to right, first receiver to edge finisher – Mitchell produced the moments that mattered most when the game was still alive as a contest in front of a Maroon-washed 27,533-strong crowd.