With Malaysian superstar Lee Chong Wei back in action after serving a drugs ban, Malaysia entered the competition on a high and immediately turned that into results on the board.
The Malaysian victory was set up by the men's doubles pair of Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong who set the tone with a surprise 20-22, 21-14, 27-25 win over world number ones Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeon Seong.
World number seven Sung Ji Hyun levelled matters for Korea, beating Lim Yin Fun 21-9 21-7 in the women's singles.
It was then that Chong Wei made his return to the fray, playing for the first time since September 2014, and he did so with a win, comfortably downing Lee Dong Keun 21-12, 21-10 despite looking a little rusty.
Once again the Korean women came to the rescue, ensuring that the tie would go down to the final match as Chang Ye Na and Jung Kyung Eun beat Vivian Hoo and Woon Khe Wei 22-20 21-9.
Korea would have been favourites to take the deciding mixed doubles match, with the world number six pairing of Ko Sung Hyun and Kim Ha Na ranked a massive 62 places higher than Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying.