The Magpies climbed into fifth spot at least temporarily with their 15.11 (101) to 5.9 (39) win at the MCG on Friday night, as they tuned up for an elimination final the weekend after next.
But it could hardly have been termed a finals dress rehearsal, given the lack of pressure applied by the injury-depleted Eagles, whose two biggest losses this year have now come in the past two rounds.
Their total on Friday night was their lowest ever against Collingwood.
The Magpies kicked eight of the game's first nine goals, the first five of those coming in a 10-minute burst, to put the result virtually beyond doubt inside the first quarter.
They had 74 more disposals than the Eagles and still laid 15 more tackles.
Cloke kicked three goals to move to 61 for the season, one clear of West Coast's Josh Kennedy, Hawthorn's Jarryd Roughead and Greater Western Sydney's Jeremy Cameron, who had started the round tied for the lead.
Kennedy didn't add to his tally on Friday night, starved of opportunities given Collingwood's midfield dominance.
Ex-defender Ben Reid again showed his value in attack with four majors.
Magpie 2011 Brownlow Medallist Dane Swan did no harm to his chances of vying for another with a 34-disposal, two-goal game, including a classy running major under pressure late in the first quarter.
First-year colleague Josh Thomas also impressed, with 35 disposals, while Scott Pendlebury (37 disposals) also racked up the touches.
The one sour note for the Magpies was an injury to Luke Ball, who was subbed out of the game at the start of the second half.
The silver lining was that it gave veteran substitute Alan Didak the chance to play a full half in his first AFL game since round 11.
That delighted the 41,198-strong crowd, who cheered each of his 15 touches, particularly his last-term goal.
Matt Priddis battled wholeheartedly against the tide, with 32 disposals and nine tackles in his 150th game, while fellow midfielder Chris Masten was solid and Dean Cox had an enthralling battle with young counterpart Brodie Grundy in the ruck.
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said the first term was as good as the Magpies have played this season, although acknowledged the performance then tapered off.
He said the past month had been Collingwood's best patch for the year.
"We're playing decent footy but we're going to need to improve and go up another couple of rungs, which we're more than capable of, if we want to do the damage we'd like to inflict in the next five weeks," Buckley said.
He said Josh Thomas played his best AFL game, seizing his midfield opportunity after Dayne Beams (back tightness) was a late withdrawal.
Ball was subbed off with calf tightness, but is expected to play next weekend against North Melbourne, while Buckley said Didak made a case to keep his spot.
"He put his hand up tonight, he asked questions of the match committee," he said.
Eagles coach John Worsfold, whose contract ends this season, said the disappointing tail end of the year posed questions about his future.
"It challenges your self-belief as a coach and your desire and all those sort of things," Worsfold said.
COLLINGWOOD 8.3 11.8 14.10 15.11 (101)
WEST COAST 2.2 3.4 3.6 5.9 (39)
Goals: Collingwood - Reid 4; Cloke 3; Swan, Lynch 2; Didak, Kennedy, Thomas, Seedsman. West Coast - Masten 2; Dalziell, Darling, Lycett.
Best: Collingwood - Swan, Thomas, Pendlebury, Reid, Brown, O'Brien, Sidebottom. West Coast - Priddis, Masten, Rosa, S Selwood.
Umpires: Simon Meredith, Scott Jeffery, Heath Ryan.