1996: Hey, come on, be nice. It was 1996.
1997: A frames-based site focused more on recent releases than on whitespace. Or on the color white in general.
1998: The pendulum swings back in the direction of a static page, this time with a heavy graphic. File sizes weighed in at over 50 kilobytes! Tempers flare!
1999: The pendulum swings back to information again, and informational updates for all Wizards brands are showcased.
2000: The look from 1999 remains, but as web technologies change, the back-end is starting to show its age.
2001: Information everywhere. The back-end of the front page is now running from a powerful XML engine (as are all Wizards.com sites).
2002: This year sees a subtle shift from purple to a blue color scheme in the front page, but the general layout persists.
2003 to Present: The pendulum has swung back in favor of a graphical, uncluttered look, with more emphasis on direct navigation to each game (such as Magic: The Gathering).
What will the future hold for the Wizards.com home page?
Special thanks to the Wayback Machine.