The Tom Trbojevic factor proved greater than any home-ground advantage in Townsville as NSW annihilated Queensland 50-6 in their biggest-ever State of Origin romp.
Trbojevic scored his second Origin hat-trick and set up another as he popped up all over the field, helping NSW blow the Maroons off the park in the series opener.
Fellow centre Latrell Mitchell was also superb with his own double in his Origin return, while debutant winger Brian To'o bagged two tries.
The Blues backs were too strong and too fast for Queensland, who weren't able to take advantage of a one-sided home crowd of 27,533 in Townsville's maiden Origin.
Key forward Christian Welch lasted just 13 minutes before being ruled out with a concussion, while Kyle Feldt endured a horror debut on his home turf as his side went down 20-0 after 29 minutes.
Feldt ended up on report for a late and high shot along with Moeaki Fotuaika, while Cameron Munster was pulled up for striking Liam Martin with his feet.
The Maroons' last-tackle options were also poor, while they broke the NSW line just once.
In comparison, the Blues were brilliant.
Almost untouchable for the past two months at Manly, Trbojevic virtually created his own position as a roaming player whenever the Blues went into attack mode.
His threat provided NSW's first points through a penalty when he was taken out by Daly Cherry-Evans when chasing a Nathan Cleary kick.
The 24-year-old then scored the Blues' first try back in his nominated position of left centre, getting outside Kurt Capewell and slicing through the Maroons' line.
He later popped up on the left after halftime to grubber for Mitchell's first, before the pair combined again after the break for Trbojevic's second after Jarome Luai bust through.
His hat-trick was then complete when he followed through on a Nathan Cleary break to bring up the half-century.
It prompted Andrew Johns to describe him as "on another planet", with Trbojevic's hot run now one of the best in memory.
"He is a really good decision-maker at the moment," coach Brad Fittler said.
"He is doing it for Manly obviously. There were a few of them doing that, a few guys out there in sync.
"It was pretty good, pretty special. The way they played makes you proud as a coach."
Mitchell was also a constant threat, slicing through the line early in the lead up to NSW's first try and later scoring twice from kicks.
He also made a crucial up-and-in tackle on Valentine Holmes to force an error just before half-time, as the Maroons eyed a comeback through a second straight try.
Tariq Sims provided the play of the game for To'o's first try with a two-man cut-out ball offload, as the Penrith winger also finished with 215 metres out of his own end.
Luai and Cleary were also both great in the halves, each busting the game open and setting up four tries between them as they reaped the reward for NSW's middle dominating the ruck.
"Where we need to just tighten up and fight harder we looked for an easy way out to get us back into the game," Maroons coach Paul Green said.
"We got beat to the punch early in that game. They really dominated around the ruck area and defensively we couldn't get any control.
"It was very disappointing."